Clarke moves up to the frontline as latest Albion appointment

 

Steve Clarke will take his first full managerial job today if he is confirmed as Roy Hodgson's replacement at West Bromwich Albion. Clarke has held various coaching roles, most recently at Liverpool, and after leaving Anfield this week he appears set to take over at the Hawthorns.

West Bromwich have been searching for a new manager, their third in three years, ever since Hodgson was appointed as England manager last month. The German coach Ralf Rangnick had been favourite but Clarke is now thought to be close to the job.

Clarke left Liverpool where he had been first-team coach under Kenny Dalglish, but the Scot's replacement as manager, Brendan Rodgers, brought with him his Swansea City assistant Colin Pascoe.

Liverpool was Clarke's fourth club as a coach. He started at Newcastle as Ruud Gullit's assistant in 1999, soon after retiring from playing, but is best known for his work under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Himself a former Chelsea player, and then youth-team coach, Clarke's time with Mourinho was successful: Chelsea won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup in his four seasons there.

Clarke then went on to be assistant to his former Chelsea team-mate Gianfranco Zola at West Ham United for two seasons, before joining Liverpool with Dalglish in January 2011 for the latter's17-month spell back at Anfield.

Meanwhile Chris Hughton was unveiled as Norwich City manager yesterday, replacing Paul Lambert. The former Birmingham City manager was clear that he wanted to continue Lambert's engaging playing style. "I have been very much brought up to enjoy a good passing game – but also what I have learned is that you have got to adapt.

"Ultimately it is about winning games and you can only win games by scoring goals – there has been a wonderful philosophy at this club over the past few years of good, attacking football and I think it is wonderful for the supporters to see." Hughton said that he hoped to keep striker Grant Holt.

* The former Sporting Gijon coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack yesterday morning, just 24 hours after agreeing a deal to take over at Villarreal. The Spaniard was 54.

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas