It's exciting to see a long-time respected No. 2 get a chance at the driver's seat in the Premier League. Yes, we'll be into firmly into the world of terra incognita http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_incognita
. That's a country I don't mind visiting, myself.
A Clarke appointment could be hugely interesting, and it could be a disaster. It's a little hard to imagine Steve Clarke merely husbanding the team back to 10th place. We're either going to up our game, or hello nPower. At least that's how my confused tea leaves read to me. But I will say this: this is all going to be a lot of fun to watch. He very well knows that from the beginning, he's going to have a lot to prove, both to players and fans. He'll be trying to survive. How can we not give the bloke a fighting chance? Are we really so above the need to believe in the impossible?
My big hope is that Clarke helps bring a drive to win and a stout fighting heart to Albion.
Look, folks. We're not the most fashionable team in the world. We were never going to land an AVB or some fancy trenchcoat-wearing rock star manager. But more than any other Premier team at the moment, as I see it, we carry the hopes and dreams of underdogs everywhere in England. So, it's time to raise your hopes and to dream big and to fight for the impossible.