July 15, 2012
It has been quite an eventful two months from the end of the season (my last blog) to now (my latest blog). In that time, Roy Hodgson restored a bit of pride in the national team with some gutsy if at times uninspiring displays at the Euro's which culminated in of course the hoodoo that even Hodgson can't break, England losing on penalties. It has also been an eventful few months for Baggies fans.
We ended the season with a mixture of delight at a top ten finish with a tinge of uncertainty following the departure of Hodgson to England. After a lengthy search, West Brom appointed Steve Clarke as their new head coach on a two year deal. A lot has been said and written about the appointment of Clarke so I thought I'd best add my two pennies worth to the mix.
At first I was a tad disappointed by the appointment, I'd been lured in with the links to Claudio Ranieri and Ralf Rangnick, two big-name European coaches and to get someone who hasn't been the top man at any club was some fall-down from that. It's been suggested in some quarters that Clarke is a risky appointment due this lack of experience, but I'd argue that any of the candidates Albion looked at were risky choices.