The Hawthorns

Next Game

West Brom v Everton

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The Liberty Stadium

Last Game

Swansea 3 - 0 West Brom

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Clarke won't overhaul squad

West Brom manager Steve Clarke is not planning a major revamp of his squad this summer despite several departures.

Last Updated: 12/06/13 at 10:32 Post Comment

Steve Clarke: Led West Brom to eighth in his first season

Steve Clarke: Led West Brom to eighth in his first season

Last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku will return to Chelsea for pre-season, while Zoltan Gera, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jerome Thomas are all out of contract.

And Steven Reid hinted this week he may also be on his way out of The Hawthorns after failing to make enough appearances to trigger an extension to his deal.

But Clarke's priority is continuity following last season's eighth-placed Premier League finish.

"I think my ideas on the squad are similar now to how they were as the season progressed," he told the Albion website. "I don't think we need radical reshaping of the squad.

"It's a squad that has finished in the top 11 of the Premier League for the last three seasons.

"There are three or four players that won't be here next season that need to be replaced and we have to replace them wisely - but that's normal."

Clarke led Albion to their highest finish in 1981 in his first season in charge, but the Scot's ambitions extend beyond that.

He said: "I've always been hungry, right from the start of my career. I've always been ambitious, I always want to be successful and I want to do better. That's what drives me on.

"I think the day I wake up and I don't want to be better than yesterday is the day I'll stop."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea hit Everton for six in nine-goal Goodison Park thriller

Chelsea hit Everton for six in a nine-goal extravaganza at Goodison Park in a pulsating contest which ended 6-3.

Transfer news: Leicester sign QPR full-back Danny Simpson

Leicester City have signed full-back Danny Simpson from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Transfer news: Gus Poyet desperate to keep Sunderland squad intact and make new additions

Gus Poyet revealed his desire to keep his Sunderland squad intact, but remains coy on potential signings.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property