ANELKA GIVEN NOTICE

West Bromwich has given Nicolas Anelka a 14 days’ notice about the termination of his contract which happened sometime after the Frenchman made his controversial goal celebration during West Bromwich’s match against West Ham.

Anelka scored twice against West Ham on December 28 but the gesture he made is associated with anti-Semitic sentiments which led to him receiving a 5 match ban as well as having his relationship with West Bromwich deteriorating until the point where the club has sacked the former Chelsea player.

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MEL WELCOMED

Steven Reid has welcomed the appointment of Pepe Mel as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion, but, at the same time, he has also praised Keith Downing for doing a decent job as the caretaker manager.

Mel will have his first meeting with the West Brom team later today. The Baggies have to play their next match in about a weeks’ time and that’s good for Mel as he will be able to utilize that time to know the players. Going straight into the game without knowing the squad well is never easy for a manager.

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West Brom not to start new contract talks

West Brom is all set to keep Steve Clarke, their manager, waiting till January to start contract dialogues. The former Liverpool and Chelsea assistant has been a huge success at West Brom. Recently, a well known sports tabloid stated that the Baggies had not yet started any negotiations with the Scottish manager regarding new terms.

Steve Clarke’s contract as chief coach is set to end next summer after he replaced Roy Hodgson in 2012’s June on a 2 year contract. Fifty year old Steve Clarke guided West Brom Albion to 8th previous season in his very 1st full season in management.

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MORE LUCK NEEDED

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has said that his players have been doing extremely well apart from being a little more decisive in front of goal.

West Brom have struggled to score goals this season especially due to the absence of players like Romelu Lukaku, who scored a majority of the goals for the club last season. The Belgian international has returned to his parent club Chelsea after his loan spell came to an end. Even though Clarke brought in experienced international Nicolas Anelka on a free transfer, the club still looks short of goals upfront.

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ANELKA JOINS

West Brom recently managed to bring in former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka on a free transfer. Manager Steve Clarke said after the signing that he is extremely delighted to bring the 34-year-old to the Hawthorns.

Anelka is one of the experienced strikers in the Premier league. He has played for the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Bolton Wanderers amongst other clubs. He has also had spells in Turkey and Italy as well. However, many are expecting the 34-year-old striker to not make a great impact given his age and desire to play football.

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CLARKE BACKS TEAM

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has praised his team after they showed a great character to come back from three goals down against Manchester United not once but twice in the match.

West Brom managed a 5-5 draw with Manchester United on the final day of the season, which was also the last time Sir Alex Ferguson was managing the club. This was his 1500th game in charge of the club. West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan from Chelsea, managed to bag a hat-trick in the match, as he helped the club get an astonishing score against the Premier league champions.

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Jackpot City to sponsor a premiership team?

Football is a huge entertainment industry these days, and the Premier League in particular is one of the biggest in the world with its most successful teams attracting a truly global audience.

No one could be in any doubt at the amount of fans these teams have as most have achieved both domestic and European success. What this also means is that there are always a flurry of rumours and speculation surrounding the clubs, with one of the latest being the suggestion that they may be set to seal a new sponsorship deal with the online casino company JackpotCity.

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POOR FORM

After a great first few months of the campaign in which West Brom absolutely stunned everyone with their incredible form, the last few months have been extremely poor. They have been consistently slipping down the table after a poor run of results.

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REVENGE

The West Brom manager Steve Clarke has clearly admitted that he would like to see his team get their revenge on Fulham for the 3-0 defeat suffered earlier in the season.

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RESPONSE NEEDED

The West Brom manager Steve Clarke has said that he is looking for a response from its players, who were soundly beaten 3-1 by Swansea in the midweek action. West Brom came into the match in the top four spot after having played 14 matches this season.

They have taken impressive results at home on to the away trips as well, but they were unable to do anything against a very good Swansea team. West Brom were below par in this match, which surprised the manager Steve Clarke. He has seen West Brom dominant all the matches since his arrival as a replacement for Roy Hodgson in the summer.

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