West Bromwich Albion would have undoubtedly had desires of a Premier League return this season, with Steve Bruce and his aspect most definitely hoping to enhance on final yr’s depressing 10th-place end within the Championship.
Nonetheless, with the Baggies presently sitting 21st within the league – with only one win of their first 10 league fixtures – supporters on the Hawthorns shall be left reminiscing of the nice outdated occasions in an effort to drown out what was been an terrible begin to the marketing campaign.
One such season that might deliver them pleasure is their 2012/13 marketing campaign beneath the now-Scotland supervisor Steve Clarke, who led Albion to their best-ever end within the Premier League.
The 59-year-old supervisor had joined the membership following his dismissal alongside Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool, the place he was the assistant supervisor.
He spent loads of time within the backroom employees at Newcastle United and Chelsea too, however the alternative on the Baggies represented his first foray into administration.
With a strong core of a squad, Clarke gutted many of the deadwood and introduced within the likes of Ben Foster and Claudio Yacob completely, gamers who would keep on the membership for six years every.
Nonetheless, his important piece of enterprise was to persuade Chelsea to permit Romelu Lukaku to come on loan.
The Belgian demolished the Premier League that season and was instrumental of their sensational marketing campaign.
He scored 17 targets in 35 league video games as a lone striker, one thing which West Brom might solely dream of now while they wallow in the direction of the incorrect finish of the Championship.
Steve Bruce has cultivated a toothless outfit, one which solely has simply 15 targets of their opening 10 video games – with 5 of those strikes coming within the 5-2 victory over Hull Metropolis again in August.
Would you’re taking Steve Clarke again now?
Many supporters shall be left wishing they now had Clarke again, to sprinkle a few of his switch magic on the squad and assist propel them again to the division during which he excelled in his debut season as supervisor.
Having now worked wonders with the Scotland nationwide aspect – qualifying for EURO 2020 and reaching the play-offs for a spot within the 2022 World Cup – he has earned reward from the likes of Pat Nevin, who declared: “He’s got something special”.
Certainly, it appears as if it could take one thing particular to show across the Baggies’ depressing type at current, but when anybody might do it, then supporters would absolutely depend on Clarke out of every other current managers the membership have appointed.