Clarke confident Odemwingie return will not unsettle West Brom squad

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke insists Peter Odemwingie's return to training will not unsettle the rest of his squad.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke insists Peter Odemwingie's return to training will not unsettle the rest of his squad.

Odemwingie has been disciplined by the club for trying to force through a deadline-day move to QPR and Clarke is pleased the matter has been addressed quickly.

"I don't think you can say everything is back to normal because what happened, the whole episode, is something that didn't need to happen," he said ahead of his side's trip to Liverpool on Monday.

"(But) I'm really pleased the club have come out with this statement because it gives me the chance as a head coach to move on.

"That's what myself and the players need to do. We need to move on and concentrate on the football. I think it is important you try and keep your squad together. That's what I've tried to do.

"It is difficult to comment on whether there is any hostility between individual members of the squad. They are in a different dressing room from me," he said.

"Will Odemwingie's return have a destabilising effect? No it won't. I'm convinced of that.

"I'm sure some of them will be happy the matter is resolved. In fact I'm hoping most, if not all of them, are happy the matter has been resolved and we can move on as a group of players."

 

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