When I came to work in West Brom just over five years ago the Baggies were one of my all time worst teams. This was partly due to being a Villa fan. but I think mainly down to following Sheffield United on an away trip back in the mid 90s which started with the coach arriving way to early and having to kill a few hours as a 15 year old around The Hawthorns (really not pleasant at the time), and ended with a 3-0 drubbing for my second best team. Bad day out.
However, since a big part of my life has arrived in West Brom I have developed a real respect and, sorry Villa fans, an affection for West Bromwich Albion. They are a club that work hard, put back into the community, and really lift the local area when they are doing well. I think in my first year here they got relegated but then came straight back up and it was great to be around the town when they got promoted.
But waking up this morning to the news that they’ve gone and sacked Steve Clarke is a bit of a shock. I mean, come on West Brom, if you’re expecting to be a top-half team year after year then I think you’re a bit deluded. Clarke has done a great job for you, you’re stable and had some great results and performances. I know it worked great for Southampton dumping Nigel Adkins last year, the man who had got them promoted twice, but I must say it seems really cruel. I just wish footballers got sacked after having 4 poor performances.
Anyway, I still want you Baggies to stay up but I’ll think it quite deserved if you do continue to struggle. And I hope the board feel guilty for making a nice, hard working man unemployed this Christmas.