• Premier League

West Brom set to give Clarke managerial chance

ESPN staff
June 7, 2012

Former Liverpool and Chelsea assistant coach Steve Clarke is the front-runner to become West Bromwich Albion's new manager, according to reports.

The Baggies have moved quickly to sound out Clarke, Kenny Dalglish's first team coach at Liverpool last season, after his exit from Anfield was confirmed on Wednesday.

A move to the Hawthorns would represent Clarke's first chance to show what he can do as a club boss in his own right - barring one game as caretaker manager at Newcastle United - having served as a No. 2 for the duration of his coaching career.

The ex-Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick had looked set to take charge at West Brom but now appears to have now dropped out of the running to succeed Roy Hodgson, who left the Baggies to become England manager in May.

Clarke will have a hard act to follow after Hodgson guided West Brom to a top 10 finish in the Premier League last season.

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