The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Liverpool

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Selhurst Park

Last Game

C Palace 0 - 2 W Brom

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Downing offering clean slate

Caretaker manager Keith Downing has offered a clean slate to the West Bromwich Albion players, who found themselves out of favour under Steve Clarke.

Last Updated: 20/12/13 at 15:08 Post Comment

Nicolas Anelka: Among those hoping for recalls

Nicolas Anelka: Among those hoping for recalls

Downing assumed the reins at The Hawthorns last weekend following the dismissal of Clarke and the former assistant expects everyone in the squad to step up and force their way into contention.

Several players were bereft of regular first-team opportunities, most notably Graham Dorrans, Goran Popov, James Morrison, Saido Berahino and Nicolas Anelka, all of whom have missed out for a variety of reasons.

However, Downing insists there will be preconceived judgements as he takes charge of his first game on Saturday as West Brom host Hull City.

"There is now a new set of eyes on them," Downing told the Birmingham Mail. "We have 23/24 players who all want to be in the starting line-up.

"It's a clean slate and it freshens things up. Someone might want something different, so everyone comes into the equation."

Downing has managerial experience of his own having took charge of Cheltenham between November 2007 and September 2008 but admits there is much more media exposure to contend with in the top flight.

"Cheltenham was managing and getting the best out of players," he added.

"But no-one knew about Cheltenham - I used to sit in front of one journalist a week, not as many as you do in the Premier League.

"It was good experience. I benefited enormously. I've improved as a No.2 as a result of that. I have a bit of integrity and humility and think 'come on, I have to do better."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho hits back at Arsene Wenger ahead of showdown

Jose Mourinho has retaliated after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger questioned Chelsea's defensive approach.

Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester United move

Manchester United are close to agreeing a £21.5m deal to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to Sky sources.

Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea and not move to Real Madrid, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is not concerned about Real Madrid’s reported interest in Eden Hazard.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company