Dalglish and Mourinho input vital: Twitter reacts to Steve Clarke move

West Brom appoint Steve Clarke as their head coach on a two-year deal, leading to a flurry of Tweets about the new Baggies boss

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Steve Clarke worked under José Mourinho at Chelsea Photo: Steindy

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Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright believes Steve Clarke will have learned from José Mourinho and Kenny Dalglish after he was appointed as West Bromich Albion’s new manager on Friday.

The 48-year-old left his coaching role at Anfield on Wednesday after Dalglish was sacked at the end of the Premier League season.

Clarke will succeed England manager Roy Hodgson at The Hawthorns, and his appointment led to a flurry of positive and negative posts about the new West Brom boss on Twitter.

Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright (‏@Mark__Bright) believes Clarke will have plenty of expeirence: “Good luck to Steve Clarke the new head coach at West Bromich Albion, he’ll have learned a lot under Ruud Gullit, Jose Mourinho and Kenny Dalglish.”

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris ‏(@morriskid) says it’s been an interesting few days for Clarke: “Steve Clarke’s had a decent couple days eh – nice pay off from Liverpool and then slipping into his first Premier League job!! #noice”

Former Norwegian striker Jan Aage Fjortoft ‏(@JanAageFjortoft) reminds the sceptics of how Mourinho began his coaching career: “Steve Clarke appointed new manager at #wba He has worked with great manager like Jose Mourinho and Kenny Dalglish – This could be a clever move… Some worried that Steve Clarke won’t be a success because he has been an assistant. Well, Mourinho use to be a translator. Has done ok #wba”

Meanwhile, Samuel (‏@SamH1992) adds: “So happy for Steve Clarke, deserves his big chance and will do an excellent job at West Brom.”

And Lloyd Jasper (‏@albionlloyd) believes it could be a successful partnership: “Steve Clarke new West Brom manager, I think he’ll be a good manager, he has loads experience from big clubs so he is more than capable.”

But Jonathan Bourne ‏(@JBFleetHire) is slightly underwhelmed by the appointment: “So, Steve Clarke for #WBA – not the most exciting appointment we could have made, but he might do OK in an under the radar sort of way.”

However, Gog (‏@slimjoegy) speaks of Clarke’s respect in the game: “It’ll be interesting to see how Steve Clarke gets on at West Brom. He’s always been held in the highest esteem as a coach.”

Liverpool supporter Grant Shepherd (‏@Grant1Shepherd) echoes the sentiments of many Reds supporters: “I’d like to congratulate Steve Clarke on becoming the new West Brom manager and also to thank him for his time at Liverpool #LFC#YNWA”

But Neil Halton ‏(@NeilHalton) asks why Clarke’s unsuccessful spell under Gianfranco Zola as West Ham United assistant is so easily forgotten: “Steve Clarke appears to be bulletproof. Either that or he missed West Ham and that experience off his CV.”

While Craig McCaffery ‏(@alkorta81) wishes Celtic had moved for Clarke to join their coaching ranks: “Big task for Steve Clarke to step out from the shadows. Wish Celtic had got him in before he joined West Ham.”

And Bradley Field (‏@bradfield7) can see it all going wrong for the Baggies: “Personally, now I feel West Brom are the team to come bottom, no offense to Steve Clarke, but has he ever even managed a team before? #bigstep”

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