West Brom sack head coach Clarke
West Bromwich Albion have announced that head coach Steve Clarke has been "relieved of his duties and placed on gardening leave."
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The decision comes just hours after Saturday's 1-0 loss at Cardiff City that extended the side's run without a Premier League win to six matches.
West Brom are 16th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, and in a statement on their official website the club cited a poor return from 2013 under the Clarke as the reason for his dismissal.
The statement read: "This was the unanimous decision of the football club's board of directors following a disappointing performance throughout 2013.
"Albion have won only seven of their 34 Premier League games during the calendar year -- a 20 percent win percentage yielding a total of only 31 points -– despite a substantial investment in the first-team squad.
"Joint-assistant head coach Keith Downing will assume control of first-team affairs whilst the club considers all available options for a new head coach."