Clarke 'right man' for Baggies - Ashworth
West Bromwich Albion,
Dan Ashworth described Steve Clarke as an 'outstanding candidate' after he penned a two-year deal to become West Brom's new manager.
The Baggies' sporting and technical director confirmed the arrival of the 48-year-old Scot, who is the new England boss Roy Hodgson's successor at the Hawthorns, on Friday morning.
Clarke has gained plenty of experience working as an assistant manager at Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham, while his most recent role was as first-team coach at Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish.
And, after Clarke departed Anfield on Wednesday evening, Albion wasted no time in making a move for his services after an attempt to bring in German coach Ralf Rangnick failed to materialise.
On the reasons behind the decision to hand Clarke, who has worked alongside successful managers such as Jose Mourinho and the late Sir Bobby Robson, his first managerial position Ashworth told the club's website: "We firmly believe we have appointed the right man to keep the club moving forward.
"After Roy was appointed as England manager, we cast the net far and wide to identify the most suitable candidate to fill his shoes.
"From the outset, we decided to pursue candidates who are renowned for their coaching ability and Steve was very much at the forefront of our thoughts because of the clubs he has worked at and the high regard he is held in within the game.
"After holding talks with Steve, he emerged as the outstanding candidate.
"Steve has worked alongside and learned from some top managers and, most importantly, he knows the Premier League inside out and what it takes to succeed at this level.
"He is a talented British coach who has served his time in the trenches as a No.2 in order to get an opportunity to be in sole charge of a team - and we are delighted to give him that chance.
"Steve has a real hunger and drive to succeed as a No.1 and is excited about the ongoing project we have at the club.
"We also have a structure in place that will hopefully give Steve the support he needs to carry on the success we have enjoyed over the past three seasons."