It certainly looks like Steve Clarke is on his way to Upton Park, doesn’t it? I suspect we all take some enjoyment out of the fact that the traffic is from Stramford Bridge to us, rather than the other way around for a change.
Today’s game at West Bronwich Albion has taken on a new significance. We have had some good results there in the recent past, if my memory serves me correctly. I hope Bellamy and Ashton can make a rare start together. Will Di Michele get a start in place of Mark Noble? I suspect not, and he will start on the bench with Mullins or Behrami coming in to central midfield. The other quandary for Kevin Keen is whether Walter Lopez is ready for a debut at left back. If so, does Lucas Neill revert to right back or replace Calum Davenport in the centre, which is certainly the place I would like to see him occupy in the back four.
The good news is that James Tomkins is fit again, and will no doubt figure on the bench. Persoanlly, I would play him ahead of Neill or Davenport, but maybe it is best to ease him in from the bench.
We have a run of games now against some of the lower sides. We need to get a good haul of points over the next six weeks. If we do, who knows what might happen?!
The best of luck to Kevin Keen.