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Olsson admits Clarke surprise

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson admits he was surprised when Steve Clarke got the sack earlier this month.

Last Updated: 30/12/13 at 11:14 Post Comment

Jonas Olsson: Surprised by Steve Clarke's sacking

Jonas Olsson: Surprised by Steve Clarke's sacking

Head coach Clarke was axed after a fourth straight Premier League loss - a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff on 14th December - left the Baggies hovering two points above the drop zone.

Olsson, who has been at the club since 2008, has seen several managers come and go but he was still shocked by Clarke's departure after he had led the Baggies to an eighth-placed finish in the previous campaign.

In comments reported by Expressen, Olsson is quoted as saying: "I was surprised. He is a good coach who has done a lot for the club.

"We had a terrific season last season, but haven't managed to reach that level this season.

"We had Roberto Di Matteo three years ago and he was also fired. Then, we got Roy Hodgson who did well.

"The directors are hoping for something similar now."

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put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

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ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

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alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

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