Coaching career - Steve Clarke - Wikipedia
In 1998 Clarke joined Newcastle United as assistant manager to Ruud Gullit, his former boss at Chelsea. Clarke was caretaker manager following Gullit's resignation, taking charge of one match, a 5–1 (1–1 HT) defeat against Manchester United. For that game, Clarke reinstated Alan Shearer and Rob Lee to the team.
After a stint in charge of the youth teams at Chelsea, Clarke was promoted to the position of assistant manager when José Mourinho was appointed manager in the summer of 2004.
Clarke was a part of the coaching set-up which saw Chelsea win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups over three seasons under Mourinho. During this period he completed his UEFA Pro Licence in 2006
When Mourinho departed from Chelsea in September 2007, his services were retained by Avram Grant, although Henk ten Cate was brought in as another assistant coach. Both Grant and ten Cate left the club at the end of the 2007–08 season.
BBC Sport and The Times both reported then that although Clarke remained on the Chelsea coaching staff, he would be looking to pursue opportunities to become a manager in his own right. Chelsea assured Clarke of his status, citing his loyalty, popularity amongst the club's supporters and work in the aftermath of Mourinho's departure.
West Ham United
On 12 September 2008 Clarke handed in his resignation to Chelsea, hoping to move to West Ham to be assistant to former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola. Chelsea initially rejected his resignation, demanding compensation worth two years of Clarke's salary. After a deal was agreed between the clubs, Clarke became West Ham's first-team coach on 15 September.
West Ham finished ninth in the Premier League in the 2008–09 season, earning Clarke and Zola extended contracts that made Clarke the highest paid assistant manager in the league. The club struggled during the next season, however, narrowly avoiding relegation. In June 2010, not long after the dismissal of Zola as manager, Clarke left the club by mutual consent.
On 10 January 2011, Clarke was appointed first team coach at Liverpool by Kenny Dalglish, after Dalglish had replaced the dismissed Roy Hodgson two days before. Clarke was credited (alongside Dalglish) for turning Liverpool's season around, having a points average of around 2 points per match from his arrival, coupled with an improved defensive record. On 12 May 2011, Clarke, as well as manager Dalglish, signed a three year contract to remain in his current role as first team coach.
On 14 May 2012 Clarke offered his resignation to Liverpool following the sacking of manager Dalglish and Liverpool's 8th place finish in the 2011–12 Premier League. The club declined the offer but on 6 June 2012 following the appointment of new manager Brendan Rodgers, Clarke left the club.
Let's not get too dis-heartened about this so early...
Admittedly, Steve Clarke is not a name many Albion supporters would have mentioned to take over the reigns from Roy, nor one that too many had heard of prior to the last couple of days progression in our hunt for a new head coach.
Based on the above from Wikipedia, and a few articles (below) I genuinely think we may have a real prospect on our hands here.
Both as a player and a coach he has been successful throughout his 24 years in the Premier League, winning the FA cup, League cup and UEFA cup as a player with Chelsea, and then coaching his old club to back to back Premier League titles, two League cups and the FA cup too.
Most recently, he won the League cup with Liverpool last season, a team that finished just above us, even with the £50 million waste of talent Kenny Dalglish managed to squander away!
He has worked with top talent throughout his coaching career and has testaments across Europe from players he has worked with and all seem to say the same thing, he is fantastic at what he does.
Oh, and not to mention a few recommendations from Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Steven Gerrard, and some Portuguese fella called Mourinho to back himself up with...The Scot is on record as saying he has ambitions to be a Premier League manager, and his greatest fan is the world’s most celebrated coach. “This is what I think about Steve Clarke: if he had the chance to manage a club, even a big club like Chelsea, he would be ready for that. He is that good,” Mourinho has said.
He has been seeking a Head Coach / Managerial appointment for a while now, so lets give this chap a chance, get behind him like we always do with any newcomer to the Hawthorns, and he may just seize his opportunity and make something special of us next season.
Some may call this overly optimistic, but I for one will have a lot of faith if we land Steve Clarke, got a feeling he'll do a job, given our fantastic support there is no reason why we can't continue to build on what we have achieved over the last 4/5 seasons!
Some old but promising articles below on his previous appointments if anybody's interested...http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2011/02/04/2336725/there-are-not-many-footballers-who-dont-like-working-withhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/sep/15/westhamunited.chelsea