Steve Clarke has become the latest managerial casualty in the Premier League, following West Brom’s 1-0 defeat against Cardiff City this afternoon.

The defeat was the Baggies 4th in a row that has seen the club slide ever closer to the relegation zone and the West Brom board saw fit to make a change in the hope to bring a halt to the team’s slide that has seen Steve Clarke’s side only win 7 out of 34 Premier League games in 2013.

West Brom’ sporting director Richard Garlick said it was a tough decision to remove Clarke, but felt a change was needed in order to give the club the best opportunity to salvage something this season:

“We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration.

“It has been well documented that we have not had the rub of the green in certain games this season but that does not cloud the generally disappointing points return during this calendar year.

“This club’s track record proves we do not take such decisions lightly, having only enforced a change in this position three times in approximately 14 years.

“But with key games coming thick and fast, we felt it was important we acted now to give the club the best possible chance of a successful outcome this season.

“Our player wage bill is the highest in the club’s history and we feel we have built a squad capable of being very competitive in the Premier League.” BBC

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