Clarke saying with Baggies for now

first_imgWest Brom boss Steve Clarke only has eyes for the Baggies just now – but he is not ruling out returning to an assistant’s role in the future. Press Association With Jose Mourinho tipped to return to Chelsea in the summer, there has been some talk that Clarke might be enticed back to Stamford Bridge, where he worked with the controversial coach for three years, during which time Chelsea won two Premier League titles. “At the moment, this one is the best one for me,” Clarke said. “This is the one I’ve waited a long time for. I’ve served a big apprenticeship to be here and be the guy who makes the final decisions. Right now, I’m really comfortable and happy in this job.” center_img Yet sheer expediency means Clarke is not prepared to rule out becoming an assistant again. After all, should he ever lose his current job, he would have to find another. “I need to work,” he said. “I won’t stay out of the game just because I want to be my own man. Other opportunities could present themselves in the future – nobody knows what’s going to happen.! Clarke clearly does not want to talk publicly about Mourinho, and insists the pair have not spoken about his future plans. In any case, Clarke has enough on his plate at the moment as he tries to ensure that West Brom’s season does not just fizzle out. And, ahead of the Barclays Premier League encounter with Newcastle, there are other issues to discuss, namely the future of Goran Popov, whose loan period from Dynamo Kiev is due to expire at the end of the season. Initially, Popov was a first-team regular following his arrival from Ukraine. But the spitting incident against Tottenham that led to him being sent off and serving a three-match ban saw him dislodged by Liam Ridgewell, and the Macedonian has not actually played a game since. Clarke said he has given it some thought but a decision won’t be made until the end of the season, adding: “I haven’t sat down or had long conversations with him but I know Goran is happy here. The only thing he’s unhappy about is that he hasn’t had more minutes on the pitch.” last_img read more

Riley Dixon named to All-ACC 1st team, Brisly Estime and Ron Thompson to 3rd

first_imgSyracuse punter Riley Dixon has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, SU announced Monday afternoon. He is the first player in the program’s three-year tenure in the conference to receive first-team honors.Dixon received 77 votes compared to 75 garnered by Wake Forest punter Alex Kinal, who was placed on the second team. Dixon averaged 43.7 yards per punt this season, with more than 43 percent of them downed inside the 20-yard line. He only tallied five touchbacks and logged a long of 64 yards and 18 punts that went at least 50. Dixon was one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award given to the nation’s top punter but didn’t make the list of three finalists.Wide receiver and return specialist Brisly Estime and defensive end Ron Thompson were named to the third team. Estime received the honors as a return specialist, ranking second in the country and first in the ACC with 18.1 yards per punt return. He was the first SU player since 1997 to return two punts for touchdowns in a season and ranked seventh nationally in combined kick return yards. Those two scores came in the season-opener against Rhode Island and on Oct. 31 against Florida State.Thomspon led the conference with four forced fumbles and recorded seven sacks. He led all Syracuse defensive linemen with 35 tackles and had six tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups against No. 1 Clemson on Nov. 14.Syracuse’s season ended Saturday with a 20-17 win against Boston College. The Orange finished at 4-8 and 2-6 in the ACC. Scott Shafer was fired as head coach last Monday along with his assistants and the Orange is still looking for replacements.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more