West Brom skipper Brunt reveals Clarke chat

West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt has welcomed the appointment of Steve Clarke as new head coach.

West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt has welcomed the appointment of Steve Clarke as new head coach.

Brunt was impressed by his first contact with the 48-year-old Scot, who has been given the nod to replace Roy Hodgson.

Brunt said: “I spoke to him on the phone and he sounds very enthusiastic about the new job and the good thing about having a new manager is that it gives everybody a clean slate.

“It was great to get a call from him and I can’t wait to get back into training in July and meet him properly.

“He’s been a first-team coach or assistant manager at big clubs in the Premier League for as long as I can remember. The club have given him this opportunity because he has done a good job wherever he has been.

“I’m not surprised by the appointment, because if you look at Steve, he has a lot in common with Roy and he likes to get out and coach.

“We’ve got used to a manager who will be heavily involved in coaching.”

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