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Should Steve Clarke return to Chelsea?

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Steve Clarke was sacked by West Brom on Saturday after four consecutive defeats in the Premier League, leaving the Scot searching for another job again.

The 50-year-old managed just a season and a half at the Hawthorns, but if we were speaking from the end of last May where he led West Brom to a record eighth place in the league, his sacking would have seemed quite surprising.

Although this campaign has been quite the opposite for the Baggies, with the absence of last year's top scorer Romelu Lukaku they sit in 16th place as we approach Christmas, dangerously low to the relegation zone.

You'd have thought Clarke's team would have matched or bettered their form considering the 10 summer signings, but this would have proved to be his downfall and the last four defeats put the nail in the coffin for the former Liverpool assistant manager.

At the other end of the table, Clarke's former club Chelsea are two points off leaders Arsenal, as they sit in third in the league after an up and down first half of the season.

Their position in the table will be deemed as unsatisfactory by owner Roman Abramovich whose money was once again used as the source of expected success at Stamford Bridge.

Furthermore, Jose Mourinho has looked like he's missing something. He's been stooping in his seat, rather than strutting along the touchline as we remember.

There's that someone missing, someone to shout at when things aren't going Chelsea's way, or someone to celebrate with in Mourinho-style, something we haven't seen much of this season.

Is this the opportunity for Clarke?

He will have ambitions to remain as a head coach but a return to the Bridge as an assistant would read right off a script, the return of the Mourinho-Clarke partnership we saw back in the early days of Chelsea's recent success.

Clarke is an iconic figure at Chelsea, racking up over 300 appearances in 11 years in London, after moving from St. Mirren in Scotland.

He returned to Stamford Bridge as assistant coach to Jose Mourinho in 2004, where the partnership led Chelsea to successive Premier League medals and marked the new era for the Blues.

Should the Scot return to Chelsea in the near future it could benefit Mourinho, who's looked like he's not even spoken to current assistant manager, Steve Holland.

Since Ray Wilkins left as the number two in 2010, Chelsea have failed to win the Premier League and this could be down to the lack of experience with the assistants alongside the managers.

Steve Clarke bares some similarities to Wilkins in the way he has always been liked by Chelsea fans, who would surely welcome his return and feel some nostalgia seeing him work with Mourinho again.

Either way, Clarke is jobless and maybe this chance will be his only chance to return to Stamford Bridge and help Chelsea challenge for the league title this season.

Should Steve Clarke return to Chelsea?

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