Steve Clarke won't get funds for West Brom's January sales

Steve Clarke must fashion an Albion recovery with the players already at the club – and not rely on a fresh wave of January transfers.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke on the touchline at Stamford Bridge
West Brom boss Steve Clarke

The Baggies are sticking to their new-year strategy of remaining reluctant activists in the January window despite growing speculation of interest in a variety of targets.

This week has seen the end-of-year rumour-mill kick into gear and link Albion to a string of targets both at home and abroad.

But the club are again cautioning fans against getting swept up in the transfer talk.

With the breakthrough of Saido Berahino and the anticipated January return of George Thorne from his Watford loan taking Albion’s senior numbers to 28, chairman Jeremy Peace feels Clarke has enough to compete effectively.

Albion’s head coach is in the most difficult moments of his Hawthorns tenure as his team approaches Saturday’s clash at Cardiff City on the back of three successive defeats.

Albion scouts have been spotted at Ipswich where there has been a long-standing interest in Aaron Cresswell, the 23-year-old left-back. The Baggies have also been monitoring Bundesliga action sparking reports that Jonas Olsson’s fellow Swedish international central defender Per Nilsson, and the American right back Tim Chandler, who play for Nurnberg.

On top of that come reports that Albion are in the driving seat to take Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha – if the champions loan him out.

Comments for: "Steve Clarke won't get funds for West Brom's January sales"

BURNLEY BAGGIE

JP will use the loan market on a one in one out basis. I just hope it's not Zaha i just think it's to much of a gamble given our current situation.

Jack the Hat

BURNLEY,

Zaha needs to learn how to be a bit more direct, if he has the brain, we have the Coaches.

All the best.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

BURNLEY BAGGIE

Jack

Take your point but we don't have the time to develop him. He would be here for 5 months and we don't have the time to wait for him to develop for someone else's benefit.

I f we do bring in loans they need to be a quick fix,so that means we need someone who is the finished article not a work in progress.

Jack the Hat

Great news from Jeremy Peace, I'd rather see any money kept for for the main Summer merry-go-round. ALBION certainly have the talent, management and player wise to turn this season around, no sweat.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

Jack,

I guess one thing we have to look at is the financial side-

I saw an article yesterday that suggested we paid Man.City 1.5 million to get Scott Sinclair on loan, and we're paying half his normal salary - I don't know the actual facts, but he's only played about 3 hours for us so far this season, so these things have to be taken into account.

Jack the Hat

Cantello, Burnley,

Okay but the injuries seem rather troublesome so I can't see it happening. With Saha, I take in what Burnley says but we may have the chance of buying him outright if Jeremy gets the hard ball out. We are all in it to be shot down, Our immediate concern is three points in the hat come Sunday.

We want win, win we will.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

I've said before that Albion are usually reluctant to do business in January, but surely there's some flexibilty, depending on circumstances?

I've looked at a few latest stories, and I haven't seen any word about JP's intentions next month, so does somebody have inside info?

I guess we either plan to make one or two changes, if not to get the best with what we have, whatever happens, as fans we can only try to stay supportive - many fans at neighbours Wolves were very critical and even abusive a couple of seasons back, but it didn't help matters much, it just created a bad atmosphere and didn't help the teams performances, probably only adding to the unhappiness and lack of confidence amongst the squad.

Whatever, with important games coming up this month, who can say at present what will happen in January?

priorybaggie

In other words you got us in this mess you get us out.

Baggie in Jersey

Having read the posts of late there is a lot of negativity here. Please lets remain upbeat. Its nothing unusual for us not to do business in January and, as we had a massive spend in August, it was to be expected. I also think that Zaha would not be much help to us. He still lacks Prem experience and we have enough strikers at the moment. The corner will be turned and all will be well. WKWWA and that's enough to know its never an easy ride with the Albion.

KevinD

I think that the baggies are playing it about right, in many ways they are showing support for their coach and playing staff by saying your good enough already and have the strength in depth, so do what your paid to do and lets crack on.

Secondly, the Board have lowered expectation of any January transfer frenzy, which again must encourage our current playing staff and coach to concentrate on the job in hand, although it doesn't negate a new face joining.

Jack the Hat

From the dark side:

karlwolves

December 11, 2013 11:30 am

ANOTHER WEEK PASSES AND SUPERSTAR ANELKA HASNT SCORED.LOL

Reply

Jack the Hat

December 11, 2013 12:09 pm

karlwolves,

Right on, nearly as bad as Doyler, at least Nico isn't in divi 3 after a classic *Double-Drop*, Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The DOCTOR

You need help.

funny old world

The Doc, I would have to agree.

Jack the Hat

The DOCTOR,

So do you lot, team as well. Don't forget to fill the new stand. Take a slug of paulpip's Black Country vintage wine. Buy a bottle of " Gorra loff ay ya " wine ( Deep blue with a strong taste of HAWTHORNS, also has a Premiership Bouquet with a subtle hint of a 5-1 Dingle bash. The label has distinct Navy Blue and White stripes.) and cheer up for X-mas.

L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Santas a baggie

Theres allus summat ay tha,no money in Jan and who can blame Peace for that.Anelka,whos idea exactly was tha signing? Sinclair? alias sick note small wonder City don't play him he's never fit,the rest of our summer signings need to get going too.No Jan money,O'k does that mean S.C is on very thin end of a twig? i think so,the next 2-3 games will be crucial to the rest of our season,and his i would imagine.Then again Mr Peace says we are only a mid table Chump team,his words.Is that where he sees us? Well thats a shame,i do hope Mr Clarke can get us up the table again,i don't want to see him particularly it doesn't allways work.changing the manager.

Jack the Hat

funny old world,

Have a slug of what I ordered the DOCTOR to have, maybe you can then enjoy X-mas.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

paulpip

Gorra Loff ay ya, best to try and keep smiling, its only a game after all.

AndyL

I would expect to see some players move on from the club in January probably Dorrans, Rosenberg and I cant see Dawson hanging around for much longer and therefore the release of these wages should surely make salaries available for Loan deals.

I think most of us will agree that we need a left back as soon as possible, on transfer deadline day I stated on here that I think we should have started the season with Ridgewell or Popov on the books not both but whoever remained should have been cover for a better quality full back that we needed at the start of the season.

Its only my opinion but I really think that Anelka should look at his position and some agreement reached where his contract is terminated as its one of those gambles that just hasn't worked and again if this happens its more funds available for salaries.

Many people believe that with the squad we had last season we punched above our weight, this is not a sentiment that I agree with as league tables don't lie and our finishing position was based on a whole season of games not just a few flash in the pan results.

Therefore based on this, our current plight, albeit with a number of poor decisions, sees us struggling and I personally believe that this squad needs to be improved in certain areas such as a left back and possibly another forward if we are to maintain our premiership status.

The nucleus of a good side is there it just needs tweaking slightly that's why the headline if true, for me, is cause for concern

Santas a baggie

I' wondering whether or not Anelka has been told to stay away,on the pretence to the Albion fans he has slight niggle, as the they the club have put it recently.If then they ask him to come and play,its no skin of anyones nose(all of course on full pay) except of course the allpaying allsuffering Albion fans.

Jack the Hat

Santas a baggie,

I you think us BAGGIES are suffering then visit divi 3. Codswhallop my boy.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Ronnie Allen

And get Brunt in the shop winder for a swap of a box of kippers and a crate of brown ale. Time to get rid. They can all take corners and free kicks and not put them directly into touch 2 times out of 5. No room for sentiment in sport. Cheerio the noo Mr Bru.

Cyril

Ronnie Allen, why don't you call yourself Billy Wright ? I might then, just maybe, hopefully, with a big, big, effort, find a little sympathy for you.

The Real Bully Hoo.

No actual quotes here, the closest is 'Jeremy Peace feels Clarke has enough to compete effectively.' No clue where this tit -bit of information has come from. This is basically a bit of journalistic kite flying designed to provoke a response now the Steve Clarke Out posts are calming down. I'm glad to say it seems to have failed so far.

WALL HEATH BAGGIE

I was provoked by it Marmate but decided to keep me ammo dry for after Odemwingie puts an end to the Clarke regime.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

to be honest, I thought the same thing.

Earlier this morning, I saw an interview with Ally Robertson, where he said he'd like the Baggies to stick with SC, and although he believes the club's being run on the right financial lines, he hopes JP will support Steve in making one or two changes next month.

On the contrary, this article gives the impression that Steve's isolated, and possibly living on borrowed time, so you feel these kind of 'stories' are designed just to trigger a strong emotional response, but nothing seems to be based on fact.

Somewhat out of order.

CantelloRocket 78

Max,

well I've mentioned some of us keep asking for suggestions from the guys who want to replace Steve as to who could take over, and your choice of Lennon didn't go down too well-

so who's next in line, McCartney.......??

And to think, only Yesterday, all our troubles seemed so far away.........

Kev in Mallorca

Max

IMO your remark is typical of too many fans,just lying in wait for something to go wrong so you can vent your unhelpful aggression.

Till we are dead and buried it is more helpful to the team and WBA to show support and encouragement, if fans can't do that then the best alternative is to stay silent.

The second best thing yo can do is get me a bottle of Batham's ready and waiting on the 20fust.

Adeu

Jack the Hat

Cantello,

Well, we would get some good ALBION songs written if Paul got the job, don't know about his Head-Coach skills, mate. L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Max. Thanks for the reply as well as your restraint.

The thing is that it's easy to say get rid of Clarke because it can only end in three ways.

If he's sacked and we still struggle it will be JPs fault for appointing the wrong manager. To my knowledge you're still the only one to suggest an alternative. I suppose we would only know if Lennon was better if he gets the job and there's no going back then.

He's kept on and we struggle and everybody says I told you so, although the same applies, you're still the only one to suggest an alternative that might do better.

He's kept on and is successful. In which case you will be the only one to admit to being wrong because the others will disappear like ice in the sun.

If we lose at Cardiff I genuinely hope there isn't a knee jerk sacking. Man City have been beaten there and Utd were lucky to get a draw. We really can't afford to get into the sack the manager cycle.

Streetlybaggie

I dont think Jeremy will put his hand in his pocket this January and for once I dont blame him.

The summer signings have given the team absouletly zilch

Anelka - Injured or doesnt want to play and when he has appeared has been very poor.

Sinclair - injured

Anechebe - hardly played(one goal)

Vydra - injured and has since not had a look in

Lugano - one premier appearance and when he wasnt covering for Ridgwell in the first half on saturday he looks slow & cumbersome.

Many have said that this squad is the strogest we have had for many a year, well it is now down to Steve Clarke to make it work.

Any way Jeremy is usually in the Carribean at the of January with his phone switched off (I jest not)

BrierleyHillOriginalBaggie

Well there's never much good quality about in the January sales

Bit like the big stores,they put the crap stuff out that they've struggled to sell before

If we can play as we did against Man Utd,Arsenal and Chelski just getting back to some basics should see us through

Our luckless fortunes have gotta change soon

Let's all get behind and believe

Kev in Mallorca

Brierley Hill

Exactly my sentiments "lets all get behind and believe"

Adeu

Jack the Hat

Kev,

I'm already in place mate, have been for years.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

faulko31wba

Only thing we need is a left back don't need to spend silly money just a decent left back that's our weak point.

Boing boing 3 points Saturday please lads.

Ronnie Allen

Excellent. Probably means Steve Clarke is staying then. Which is all rather bad news for Mr Tap.

Mboy

"Steve Clarke won't get funds for West Brom's January sales" because Steve Clarke won't be at the Albion in January. JP may well decide to give a NEW manager some funds in January, though!!

JackWBA

I think Mr. Peace will live to regret this mistake as we won't be getting the position-based bonus payments that'll see him cart-wheeling all the way to the bank based on current form. We're too good to go down but it could get scrappy as the season goes on without the purchase of a new left back. I do like the look of Cresswell, I recall seeing him play a blinder vs. Derby this season and he's been decent when I've seen other highlights of him, plus I have an Ipswich-mate who rates him highly. If he's available he adds some youth and talent to the side, that's for sure. He's all we really need though, in my opinion. Still backing Sinclair to have a big effect when he gets fit.

Ronnie Allen

Are you a close friend of Jeremy sir?? And can you give me some winning lotto numbers for Saturday night??

Kev in Mallorca

Ronnie

No, he just hides behind the big pop plant in the corner of Jeremy's office. He ay got no friends, he drinks with blokes in the Vine but they dow really know who he is.

Adeu

CantelloRocket 78

Ronnie-

it's the time of the year for fun and games.

So imagine a Baggies fan at his works Xmas party, when he hears somebody mention his name, and they're saying they KNOW the Boss will be getting rid of him before auld lang syne has been sung on New Year's Eve-

what do you think his response to the other guy would be?

Answers on a postcard please, the winner will get a dozen pairs of socks, a bottle of cheap aftershave, and a Rudolph the Reindeer tie.........

Mboy

Ronnie Allen - so you make a prediction that "probably Steve Clarke is staying then" yet I'm the one being "ridiculed" by yourself (and the usual suspects!!) as being a "close friend of Jeremy".

A classic case of DOUBLE STANDARDS, I believe.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Mboy.

I know you'll accuse me of persecuting you but Ronnie isn't guilty of double standards.

Because while you say.

"because Steve Clarke won't be at the Albion in January."

Ronnie says.

"Probably means Steve Clarke is staying then."

One is a statement of known fact, while the other is couched in terms of supposition. A minor difference but a very important one. You are suggesting you know something the rest of us don't. So while Ronnie may have been guilt of sarcasm he wasn't employing double standards.

Mboy

TRBH - which of the two quotes you mention is the "known fact"?

Cyril

I thought we'd agreed 'Ronnie Allen' is a Wulfie in the worst disguise possible, taking a hero's name in vain ?

The Real Bully Hoo.

Mboy.

Neither is a statement of known fact but yours is the one that is phrased as if it's a fact when it isn't.

The word 'probably' is used in the other one meaning the poster is putting it forward as a possibility whereas you're inferring that what you're saying is a fact.

Mboy

TRBH - Thank you for acknowledging your error.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Mboy.

If you say so.

EX39Baggie

It's the wrong time in the season to sack SC, but he will get sacked very soon.Even if we beat Cardiff and Hull. It's inevitable, he doesn't have what it takes.

I have said before he should have gone at the end of last season.

He was the wrong man in the first place, but no doubt a cheaper option.

Not sure about his replacement. Would Mr Lennon leave Celtic to join us, in any case the last manager we tempted from North of the boarder hardly set the Thames on fire. We need a proven man, like a Roy.

The squad should be good enough to stay up, just needs the right tactics. Don't like the SC approach, rotation doesn't work for us.

Whatever happens JP will act in the clubs best interest. We just have to trust him.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Morning EX39.

Excellent post except for one thing.

Who is the proven manager like Roy? They don't come along very often.

Neil Lennon isn't proven except in an SPL where his only opposition has been removed. He's got some great results in the CL at home with a fanatical crowd pushing the team on. How would he do with a crowd where some 'fans' groan or even boo when certain players make a mistake?

At this time a couple of seasons back, many on here were calling for that proven manager called Roy to be sacked.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

it may have been against Barcelona, but I noticed Neil Lennon's team have just been hammered for six, he then accused his players of being 'half-hearted' in the game-

when's he being interviewed.........??

faulko31wba

Steve Clarke is the mangaer at the moment and people need to get behind him if he goes who do you want, because what I can see there isn't many options Martin jol, Ian hollaway that's it and I wouldn't have ethier of them over Clark.

New left back please and squad will be alright no worries boing boing 3 points Saturday and all you against Clarke will be singing his name again.

simmo54

I have heard that Anelka isn't even in the country and hasn't bee for a week or so. If he is still ill or injured - how can our medical team assess him. If its the obvious reason that he it's just not wanting to play then let him walk away from his contract - use his vast salry to bring 2 or 3 players in January.

Also show the door to Lugano, Rossberg, Popov and Dorrans - as GSs face doesn't fit anymore.

SC hasn't a clue what his best team is and the problems he has is trying to accommodate the so called star - such as Anelka - and making the team play around them. Cointinued to fail.

I have a gut wrenching feeling about Cardiff and a defeat will find us in the bottom 3 or 4.

Lay off Priory and Dolally - they are just very concerned - like me - with Steve Clarke and our predicament and bring reasoned arguement and balance to this site to combat the rose spec happy clappers.

Lets face it 7 wins out of 33 and 3 wins from 15 this season isn't good enough and I for one and just not happy at all.

Cyril

Simmo54. I think we are all concerned about our present position and the way we can't score a goal after 27 goes in a game, but I would still question why we shouldn't have a swing back at dolalley. Often he posts stuff I read and agree with but he can't stop swinging his axe in every direction. That isn't CONCERN about WBA, it's blind, bloody panic ! I do hope you are right about Anelka because I just can't visualise JP paying him anything if he isn't on the training ground or the medical centre. I'm sure a contract for any player contains caveats.

Kev in Mallorca

Simmo

You mention Anelka as a so called star who is being accommodated when was his last appearance and who are the other so called stars that SC is trying to accommodate.

We are all concerned and we all express our views in different ways but your comment about being in "combat"shows you have some sort of issue with fans who choose to express an opinion that is different to yours.

Maybe if those you have mentioned didn't disappear when things are going well and then burst into life shouting from the roof tops when things are not so good there wouldn't be such a confrontational reaction.

Adeu

WALL HEATH BAGGIE

SUPER KEV

The ' Plant pot ' gag made me loff marmate .

Kev in Mallorca

Max

I think it must be some sort of vine cause Mboy always hides in The Vine.

Adeu

Mboy

Kev - I think everyone can now see what kind of a person you are!! It would be nice if you could comment on the articles and posts rather than resort to personal ridicule. You, my friend (NOT) are the reason why this site sometimes degenerates into a "slanging match".

I will be at The Vine on the 21st, but just because I am not one of your cronies and choose not to have a drink with you, doesn't mean that I am "hiding". That would suggest that I am frightened of something.

Jack the Hat

simmo54,

Happy clappers!, reminds me of the fans of a cub in divi 3. You wouldn't be of course, would you?. Only asking you savvy.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Kev in Mallorca

Mboy

You should be taking my jesting as a complement, you are by no means the worse negative poster on here so try and lighten up a bit. My comments are meant as just a bit of fun, in fact in the past you have sometimes responded, may I say not in a negative way.

If I really wanted to upset you I would have plenty of ammo and if you are offended that much Report abuse to have it removed.

There are many reasons why these sites degenerate into slagging matches, your probably right that I am one of the causes but my remarks are always in answer to someone else's inflammatory remarks to which I take exception.

I apologize if I've offended you and I'll try my very, very best not to do it again but please you have to do your bit and not give me the opportunity.

I think you would do well to take a leaf out of Max's book, he's a little like yourself, he is quick to criticize but he also praises, which is something you rarely do but more importantly he has a sense of humour.

Adeu

simmo54

Kev - The one thing in life I am certain of is that there will always be differing opinions - I welcome that it makes for good and interesting debate.

You have taken the word combat out of context.

And like you - me, and the others who aren't particularly happy at present and who are season tickets holders since 1977 have the right to our say.

I never have a go at individuals either.

Kev in Mallorca

Simmo

Totally agree, everyone is entitled to their opinion even those who while seeing that every thing is not as we would like express their opinion differently to yours and they are entitled to do it without being accused of being a member of some fictional brigade or society.

If I disagree with your opinion it's because I disagree with YOUR opinion

but I don't go on to accuse you of being a member of a gang.

Adeu

Kev in Mallorca

Simmo

Sorry I forgot, any chance of answering my questions?

Adeu

Old Gold

With all the mercenaries you have signed who don't produce how nice it would be to do a deal like Wolves did with good old Ron Saunders. Bully, Robbie Dennison and Andy Thomson, all for the price of a bag of nuts. Anelka hahahahahaha.

Old Gold

On a more honest note, I hope the time comes when Wolves, Tesco boys, Blue noses and Villa all play in the top tier at the same time, like good times many years ago.

Kev in Mallorca

Really Old Gold

Will yo lot stop livin' the past? yes yo won things 50 yrs agoo, yes we sold ya Bully who happened to score a boat load of 2nd,3rd and 4th class goals but this is 2013 yowm in the 3rd division weem in the Premiership and yo ay arf mekin' y'self look stupid tryin' and failing to be funny.

CantelloRocket 78

Kev,

I guess the fact that their biggest hero of the last 50 years was a Baggies cast off, and 'old gold' is now looking for another donation from us to lift them up to the second division, speaks volumes.

I received a £10 voucher from Albion this morning to spend at The Hawthorns - it wasn't long ago you could take that amount to Molineux and buy the entire club........lol......

Adeu.

( Well he started it......... :-)

simmo54

Sorry Kev, slipped off to live the other part of my life.

Have I HIT A NERVE HERE OLD SON:-)

Other questions?

i TAKE IT YOU REFER TO PLAYERS OUT OF POSITION?

Saido for One. He is a natural goal poacher - he gets on the end of things - not playing on the right - cos he sure aint gonna score out there. Agree??

Sessignon as a No10. NO NO NO He cost £6m and so we got to play him. Daido should be our no 10. At least he can hit a barn door.

Brunt shifted to LEFT BACK ????? second half v Norwich. If we have Popov on t he bench and you make changes you have to have balance - something we got away with against a very poor Norwich.

I rest my case.

Kev in Mallorca

Simmo

No there's no nerve bin hit and there's no need to shout.It must be a flaw in the personalities of a certain type of fan?

I just thought I'd put you right as you have taken it on yourself to be the poster police telling fans who they should reply too while putting fans into little box's.

In your first post you singled out Anelka, well what was SC supposed to do, sign players and not play 'em? But that doesn't matter in this latest slump as he hasn't played for weeks.

As for Saido playing on the right and don't take this as gospel cause my memory is getting worse by the wik and I know I watched it on the net but I can remember him attacking down the left and at times being in the middle, so I don't think it's the law that he stays on the right? Also I know he shows great promise but I don't think he should be held up as our saviour just yet.

Earlier in the season most fans were impressed with the overall play of Sess and there's no doubt he should have scored in the last two games but he's never been a prolific goal scorer but don't start turning him into a Carson figure already.

I personally like Brunt and you question????? him reverting to full back well a few fans have mentioned that he has played there before and were quite impressed and even you must admit that 2nd half we played much better and should have at least got a draw, as for the alternative?? The pressure was on and would you really want Popov to come on after his last outing with the crowd ready to pounce, even yowa mate admitted he is not the answer.

Adeu

The Real Bully Hoo.

Also in Brunt's defence, he had the more dangerous winger to watch and the goal didn't come down his side. I think that if he worked on it he could become a good full back.

Mboy

I agree about Brunty. I think that he receives an unfair amount of undue criticism. I can't comment about Saturday, but I thought he did a decent job against Man City, where he played in an unfamiliar/unfavourable position due to Mulumbu's suspension. He has been a great servant to the Club, just like those present at the Willie Johnston tribute last night - what a great evening!!