Clarke: No Odemwingie issue
Steve Clarke says Peter Odemwingie has not disrupted the West
Bromwich Albion dressing room and remains part of his plans.
The striker, who pushed for a move away from The Hawthorns in
January, was jeered by a section of his own supporters on Saturday
as he appeared off the bench in a 3-1 defeat to West Ham
An outing at Upton Park was Odemwingie’s first since his latest
outburst on Twitter, in which he criticised his manager and
Clarke has admitted to growing frustrated by a distracting saga
surrounding his Nigeria international, but insists he will not
freeze the 31-year-old forward out of his thoughts.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “Peter has been part of my squad
since the start of the season.
“The episode in January was obviously difficult for all
concerned but we left the door open, we got him back in the squad
and he still has to be part of the squad.
“I run with a small squad and I thought his introduction on
Saturday was positive. He had one good run, a fantastic run by
James Collins that probably saved a certain goal.
“Our players’ dressing room is really good. It’s a strong
dressing room. We can handle this situation.
“Fans can react any way they want. My job is to get a team on
the pitch that can get positive results and I have to use all the
players at my disposal to do that.
“I don’t think any negativity affected the way we played on
Saturday or caused our result or performance. It would be wrong to