Steve Clarke today told Albion’s players to forget any feuds with Peter Odemwingie as news emerged of a row between the striker and Steven Reid.
The Baggies boss insisted his squad will accept Odemwingie back after the club struck a peace deal with the want-away forward to end a fortnight-long war of words over his actions in the transfer window.
Clarke believes his players can put aside any disputes with the 31-year-old Nigeria international despite leaked details of a verbal confrontation with defender Reid.
“Not everybody likes everybody else in football,” said Clarke.
“Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole didn’t like each other or speak to each other very much, but professionally you wouldn’t have known that.
“In any dressing room or any group you will have people who like each other and people who don’t.
“As long as they have professional respect for each other, things can work. Dressing rooms can be strange places. They’ve got their own way of dealing with issues.
“I think the dressing room will be fine. We’ve got good characters here and I don’t see it as a big issue.”
Clarke refused to confirm the argument between Odemwingie and Reid but the incident is believed to have happened on Thursday at the club’s training ground over Reid’s interview regarding Odemwingie.
“If there has been a row between Steven and Peter, I’m sure it was an honest row,” said Clarke.
After several days of talks, the Baggies announced yesterday that Odemwingie had accepted his fine and was available for selection.
In a club statement, Odemwingie said: “I understand how my actions have been viewed and want to apologise to the club and our supporters for any distress I have caused.
“I want to reassure everyone at the club and our fans that I will continue to give my all whenever I am selected.”
Chairman Jeremy Peace said: “Peter has apologised for his conduct to me personally and the club and our supporters as a whole.
“He has accepted his punishment and promised to comply with all club regulations moving forward.”
Clarke, meanwhile, ruled out loan moves for either Odemwingie or Jerome Thomas and rubbished stories of a deal to sign Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor.Subscribe to our Newsletter