New boss set to adapt his style
West Bromwich Albion,
New West Brom head coach Steve Clarke is ready to get tougher with the players, as he prepares to earmark on life in charge of a team.
Clarke has spent his entire coaching career working under somebody else, but now the Scot finds himself in the firing line after landing his first managerial role at the Hawthorns.
However, the 48-year-old believes his decade worth of experience operating as a number two will stand him in good stead for this new challenge with the Albion.
He knows he will have to adapt his approach which has served him well alongside the likes of Jose Mourinho, the late Sir Bobby Robson and, most recently, Kenny Dalglish, but he insists he is prepared for it.
"I think I will need to be a bit more selfish now I'm a head coach - I'll have to be very clear with my ideas," said Clarke, whose first competitive match in charge will be at home to his previous employers Liverpool.
"I will also have to be a bit more ruthless.
"When you're the assistant, you can be nice to almost everybody. But as a head coach, even though you want to be nice to everybody, at the end of the day you can only pick 11 players plus seven substitutes."