Albion boss Steve Clarke today claimed dressing-room leaks are inevitable as Baggies predecessor Roy Hodgson dealt with the fall-out from Tuesday’s half-time team-talk.
Hodgson has been engulfed by controversy following comments made to winger Andros Townsend at half-time in the 2-0 win against Poland that sealed World Cup qualification.
Details of Hodgson’s team-talk were reported to the media and his Albion successor believes leaks are now part of the game.
“The days of worrying about those things are long gone,” said Clarke. “Everything comes out from any camp. There are more than managers, coaches and players in the dressing room.
“Now a lot of things come out in the media that would never have come out 10 years ago. That’s the way the game and modern society has evolved, and you have to deal with it.”
Townsend insisted he was not offended by Hodgson’s words but another player reportedly took umbrage.
Clarke said: “Unless you were there it’s difficult to talk about it. It’s like sitting with your mates in the pub, telling a great story, and then two days later you try to relate it to someone else and it’s not so funny.
“Unless you were there and you know what was said, in context, it’s very difficult to comment.”
“I don’t think anyone outside the dressing room would know that.”