West Brom planning contract talks with head coach Steve Clarke
The former Chelsea and Liverpool assistant has enjoyed a strong spell since taking his first top job
Friday 22 November 2013
West Brom plan to open contract talks with head coach Steve Clarke in the new year with the 50-year-old's deal set to run out at the end of the season.
Clarke took over in June 2012, replacing Roy Hodgson who had been appointed England boss, in what was his first managerial role having previously been assistant at Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool.
The Scot guided the Baggies to eighth in the Barclays Premier League side last season and they are currently 10th.
In a statement published on the club's official website on Thursday night, sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "Steve's contract situation was discussed at last month's board meeting.
"We decided that we would open talks with Steve in the new year which, historically, we feel is the appropriate time to address such matters."
The announcement followed the news the club are also in talks with England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino about a new deal.
The 20-year-old has been one of the breakthrough stars of the season and the Baggies are keen to tie him to a new long-term contract.
His current deal runs out at the end of the season, although West Brom do have the option of extending it for another year.
Press Association Sport understands that reports stating Berahino is about to sign a new deal are premature, but talks are progressing well.
Berahino came to England aged 10 after escaping war-torn Burundi with his mother and siblings and joined West Brom a year later.
He signed his first professional deal at The Hawthorns in 2011 and spent time on loan with Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough.
Berahino made his first-team debut for the Baggies as a late substitute in a Capital One Cup tie against Yeovil in August 2012, and it was in the same competition earlier this season that he really made his mark.
The striker netted a first-half hat-trick against Newport and then scored the equaliser against Arsenal in the same competition in a game West Brom eventually lost on penalties.
Berahino's stock rose further three days later when he scored his first Premier League goal at Old Trafford to help his side to a famous win over Manchester United.
Earlier this month he scored again against Crystal Palace, and the 20-year-old's exploits have reportedly alerted some of the Premier League's big guns.
Berahino first played for England in 2009 at Under-16 level and has moved up through the age groups.
He scored on his debut for the Under-21s against Moldova in September and has since taken his tally to six goals from four games.
Berahino's most recent strikes came against Finland last week, but he missed the 9-0 win over San Marino after being booked for revealing a T-shirt with a tribute to his late father.
Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate heaped praise on the young striker, saying: "He is a good player, a good finisher and a pleasure to work with.
"He has got a desire to improve all the time and he is a terrific goal threat for us."
Latest in Sport
- 1 All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Alicia Keys leaks nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
- 5 Clothes store Joy angers mental health campaigners with Twitter exchange on bipolar disorders
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God