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West Bromwich Albion fires manager Steve Clarke

West Bromwich Albion has fired manager Steve Clarke after  a 1-0 loss to Cardiff City. The club has dropped to 16th place in the English Premier League table and are hovering dangerously just out of the relegation zone. In the mean time, joint-assistant head coach Keith Downing will take over.

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick talked to the club’s official website about the firing, via Sky Sports:

“We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration.

“It has been well documented that we have not had the rub of the green in certain games this season but that does not cloud the generally disappointing points return during this calendar year, culminating in today’s fourth-successive defeat at Cardiff.

“This club’s track record proves we do not take such decisions lightly, having only enforced a change in this position three times in approximately 14 years.

“But with key games coming thick and fast, we felt it was important we acted now to give the club the best possible chance of a successful outcome this season.

“Our player wage bill is the highest in the club’s history and we feel we have built a squad capable of being very competitive in the Premier League.”

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