Clarke challenges Odemwingie

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has insisted his relationship with Peter Odemwingie is "fine" as he considers recalling the striker to face Liverpool.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 13:39 Post Comment

Steve Clarke: Will recall Peter Odemwingie when time is right

Steve Clarke: Will recall Peter Odemwingie when time is right

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Odemwingie has apologised for his recent Twitter rants against the Baggies and for turning up without permission at Loftus Road on transfer deadline day, only for his move to QPR to collapse.

The Nigerian has been disciplined and fined by West Brom, and Clarke has urged him to reproduce the form he should in a "man of the match performance" in his last appearance for the club - a 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa three weeks ago.

Ahead of Monday's trip to Liverpool, Clarke said: "There are no winners in this issue. It was an episode in which there can be no winners. It is an unsavoury episode at the club and all I want to do now is move forward.

"Peter has paid a price and that's the way it should be. I know he has accepted the sanctions from the club, he's issued an apology and he wants to move on like we all want to.

"Our personal and professional relationship is fine. We had a chat in the summer, he stayed and made a good contribution to the first half of the season. Now he has to make a good contribution to the second half of the season.

"Is Odemwingie in the squad for Liverpool? That is still to be determined. It's something we have to look at over the next two or three days. I'll involve him when I feel it is right to involve him."

Clarke also ruled out the possibility of winger Jerome Thomas moving to Blackburn on loan, adding: "I've got a squad of 18 senior outfield players and three goalkeepers and that's my squad for the rest of the season.

"I can't let anybody else go. I can't bring anybody in or let anybody out."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Premier League: Swansea late show stuns Southampton at St Mary's

Swansea City beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon thanks to a brilliant late strike by Jonjo Shelvey.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

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