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WBA appoint former coach as Technical Director

Terry Burton coaching at Arsenal Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

West Bromwich Albion have appointed their former first team coach, Terry Burton, as Technical Director.

The 61-year-old will leave his post as Arsenal's Head of Youth Coaching, and work with Richard Garlick, who will now work as Director of Football Administration.

Burton was previously first team coach at the Hawthorns under Roy Hodgson in the 2011/12 season.

The club say Burton will now play an important role in the search for Pepe Mel's successor.

WBA fans react to Pepe Mel's departure

West Bromwich Albion fans have reacted to the departure of Pepe Mel, many saying the Spaniard did not get long enough in charge to really impact the team's fortunes.

Mel left the club today after just three wins in 17 games in charge, with the team only just surviving in the Premier League.


Pepe Mel leaves WBA after 'disappointing season'

Pepe Mel has left West Bromwich Albion after what club bosses labelled a "disappointing season".

Mel was appointed in January and presided over 17 matches, of which the team won just three.

Pepe Mel was appointed in January Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

A statement from the club said they had parted company with Mel by "mutual consent".

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said:

Although we have managed to achieve a fifth successive season of Premier League football, it has been a very disappointing campaign and lessons have been learned.

The search for a new head coach has now begun. We aim to find the most suitable candidate who, with the support of the structure we have had in place for six years and are presently strengthening, will enable the club to be more competitive next season.

Baggies' goalie Foster headed for World Cup in Rio

West Brom goalie Ben Foster will be heading for Brazil after being named in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

West Brom goalie Ben Foster has been named in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

Despite just six previous appearances for the national side, Foster is one of three keepers selected for the team, alongside Joe Hart and Fraser Forster.

Former WBA winger dies, aged 73

Clive Clark in his WBA days Credit: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Former West Bromwich Albion footballer, Clive Clark, has died at the age of 73, the club has announced.

Clark was known as 'Chippy', and made 351 starts for the club between 1961 and 1969, scoring 98 goals from the wing.

His career highlights include featuring in the 1966 League Cup success, top scoring with 29 goals the following season, and winning the FA Cup in 1968.

Albion signed Clark from QPR for a club record fee of £20,000 in 1961.


Anelka defends 'Quenelle' gesture

Anelka was banned and fined for this gesture Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Nicolas Anelka has come out to defend himself and deny he is anti-Semitic.

The French striker was handed a five-match ban and fined by the FA for the 'quenelle' goal celebration after scoring for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham on December 28.

The pose has been associated with religious intolerance in France.

The French comedian who invented the gesture, known as Dieudonne, has been convicted of anti-Semitic crimes seven times.

The commission which handed Anelka his punishment accepted there was no intent by the player to be anti-Semitic.

Anelka has told a french newspaper that the gesture had been 'badly interpreted' and was meant in support of his comedian friend.

The gesture shouldn't cause offence. It is condemnable in front of a synagogue, yes, just like all other bizarre signs that you could do in front of one, but that's all. In that case, to say it's a vulgar gesture, effectively, I agree with you.

There was no religious thought on my part. And I have never said that my gesture was against the system, simply that the gesture was. Again, I'm not racist, not anti-Semitic, and the quenelle was a simple tribute.

Former WBA and Wolves striker, Jason Roberts, retires

Former West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Jason Roberts has announced he is retiring from football due to injury.

The 36-year-old confirmed his decision on Twitter. He has not managed a single appearance this season for his current team, Reading, due to a persistent hip problem.

Former West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Jason Roberts Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He wrote: "It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional football on medical advice...Thank You Football for Everything...

"It has been an honour representing the Clubs I have played for..and the Fans that have always supported me."

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FA to request Nicolas Anelka 'ban transfer'

The Football Association will seek to ensure Nicolas Anelka serves his 'quenelle' suspension wherever he goes next.

Nicolas Anelka Credit: PA

The 35-year-old former French international was given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 by the FA for the 'quenelle' gesture he made during his side's match against West Ham in December.

The FA will write to world governing body FIFA on Monday to ask that the five-match ban it imposed for the gesture is served by Anelka at whichever club he may choose to go to next, according to the Press Association.

The FA will also request that the punishment only be considered complete once the player has paid the £80,000 fine issued alongside the ban, and once he has completed an education course.

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