West Bromwich Albion won't allow Steve Clarke's contract to run down.

They will end speculation about manager Clarke's future by opening talks about a new contract in the new year.

Richard Garlick, sporting and technical director at the Baggies, said: "Steve's contract situation was discussed at last month's board meeting. We decided we would open talks with him in the new year which, historically, we feel is the appropriate time to address such matters. Steve is aware of our plans and has told us he is comfortable with the situation."

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