West Brom had a great season last year, finishing an impressive 10th place after many had put them as favourites to go down. And fans feared the worst after they lost four of their first five games. However Roy Hodgson’s side turned things around, going on a four game unbeaten run in early autumn. A mixed winter with a variety of results suggested that consistency was a problem for the Baggies, but a good February saw them beat Wolves and Sunderland by four goals each then record a 1-0 win at home to Chelsea in March.
However February was also the time when England boss Fabio Capello resigned from his position and saw Hodgson linked with the national side. Most the media largely ignored Hodgson though believing, Harry Redknapp would get the job.
Their season ended fairly strongly, overseeing the Baggies losing only two games in seven, but the most damaging moment was on 1st May when Hodgson became the new England manager, much to the public’s surprise. West Brom then offered the new manager’s job to Liverpool 1st team coach, Steve Clarke.
Steve Clarke may not have been the most popular appointment with fans after a torrid season working under Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool. However he has worked with some of the best in the game so should have plenty of knowledge as he takes his first steps into management.
New Boy to Watch
Fans of the Football Manager series will know of Swedish striker, Marcus Rosenberg, for his impressive ability in the game. Rosenberg has had a busy summer after making the trip to Euro 2012 then signing for Steve Clarke’s side. Baggies fans will hope he hasn’t just peaked in virtual reality.
Youngster to Watch
After a disappointing season at Chelsea following an £18 million move, Romelu Lukaku, has a lot to prove this season on loan. After only starting one game in the Premier League, the powerful striker is an unknown commodity in England’s top division but if he can recreate the form he showed at Anderlecht then he could be vital to West Brom this campaign.
While it’s still in doubt how well Steve Clarke will do, West Brom’s squad should be good enough to keep them up. They have a very good forward line which has been added to by the likes of Rosenberg and Lukaku, and while the defence is a bit shakey, Clarke is well known for getting the best out of defenders.