Sacked in the... evening
14 December 2013
Steve Clarke has been relieved of his duties and placed on gardening leave with immediate effect. Sporting and Technical Director Richard Garlick is quoted on the club's official web site saying:
"We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration."
"It has been well documented that we have not had the rub of the green in certain games this season but that does not cloud the generally disappointing points return during this calendar year, culminating in today?s fourth-successive defeat at Cardiff."
"This Club's track record proves we do not take such decisions lightly, having only enforced a change in this position three times in approximately 14 years."
"But with key games coming thick and fast, we felt it was important we acted now to give the Club the best possible chance of a successful outcome this season."
"Our player wage bill is the highest in the Club?s history and we feel we have built a squad capable of being very competitive in the Premier League."
"We now begin the search to find a new Head Coach who will work within our existing structure, which has been in place for the past six years."
Clarke's assistant Kevin Keen has suffered the same fate and Keith Downing will take temporary charge of the team.
The early bookies favourites to take over are Roberto di Matteo (no, really!) and Martin Jol. Plenty of other usual suspects also make the list...
Thanks to the wonders of social networking, we already know one player's reaction. Saido Berahino has tweeted "Wow I cant believe it, thats fucking shit!!!!"
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