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Football: West Brom sack manager Clarke

Published on Dec 15, 2013 8:39 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Steve Clarke was sacked as West Brom manager on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013, just hours after the team's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff.

The loss, which was their fourth in a row in the Premier League, left the Baggies two points off the relegation places.

"We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration," said West Brom technical director Richard Garlick.

"It has been well documented that we have not had the rub of the green in certain games this season but that does not cloud the generally disappointing points return during this calendar year, culminating in today's fourth-successive defeat at Cardiff." The 50-year-old Clarke, a former assistant coach at Chelsea and Liverpool, took over at West Brom in June 2012.

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