Clarke not sweating on contract

Steve Clarke does not expect to hear from the West Brom hierarchy any time soon regarding a new contract.

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Steve Clarke does not expect to hear from the West Brom hierarchy any time soon regarding a new contract.

Having taken the step up from his role as assistant manager with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, Clarke has enjoyed a fine first season as the club's head coach.

They head into Saturday's clash with relegation-threatened Wigan in eighth place, and already have one more point than they collected in the 2011/12 campaign.

But the Scot, who has another season to run on his initial two-year deal, is not anticipating talks over an extension.

"I don't expect a word (from the club) every day when I'm under contract," he said.

"I don't expect anything. I come in every day and do my job as best I can: that's it.

"I don't sit wondering, I don't contemplate what might happen in the future, I just work with the contract I've got."

Despite being unconcerned about a potential extension, Clarke is enjoying life at the Hawthorns and would welcome discussions as and when they arrive.

"I'm comfortable and happy," he said.

"If a contract is offered to me I would speak about it."

West Brom have the relative luxury of approaching their final four games of the season with no pressure.

The unlikely prospect of relegation was banished weeks ago and there is no chance of a late push for European football.

But, although Clarke is happy with his side's efforts to date, he is eager to see them work hard until the very last kick and a 3-0 win at Southampton last time out suggests he may not be disappointed.

"It's a reward for all the hard work we did earlier in season, that we can sit above the relegation fight," he said.

"Unfortunately we're not in the fight for European places, which would have been better, but it's nice to be comfortable where we are.

"The problem is to be comfortable but not complacent.

"But we don't want the season to be an anti-climax. We want to have two three, four good performances and pick up more points.

"I think we're already better than last season but there are still two or three teams below us who can catch us.

"We have to cement that eighth position we're in and we probably need another three or four points to do that. That's the next focus."

Albion will be without captain Chris Brunt for the second match in a row against the Latics as he nurses a knee problem.

Goran Popov is also out with a calf complaint and Marc Antoine-Fortune begins a three-game ban following his sending-off at Southampton.

But Clarke has options, with Youssouf Mulumbu back from his own ban and wantaway striker Peter Odemwingie in contention for a first appearance since March 30.

Craig Dawson is also back at the club having completed a loan spell at Bolton and will be included in the matchday squad.

Meanwhile, striker Romelu Lukaku is closing in on Odemwingie's club record of 15 goals in a Premier League season.

The Chelsea man, who has spent the season on loan at the Hawthorns, currently has 14 and Clarke is willing him on to add to his tally.

He added: "He needs one more to reach it and if he can get two, three or four more before the end of the season it would be great for him but also great news for us because it could help us pick up more points."


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