Ralf Rangnick rejects West Brom job

The ex-Schalke manager has ruled himself out of the running to become the new Baggies manager after he suggested he was offered the job, and Steve Clarke is now favourite

Former Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick has turned down the an offer to manage West Brom, his adviser has announced.

The Baggies have been searching for a new manager since the departure of Roy Hodgson, who was named the new England manager in May.

Rangnick was thought to be the favourite for the role, but his adviser Oliver Mintzlaff has stated that he turned down the role.

"After careful consideration, Ralf Rangnick has decided to decline the offer presented to him by Premier League club West Bromwich Albion," Mintzlaff told Spox.

West Brom are 9/2 with Paddy Power to be relegated from the Premier League next season.

The 53-year-old has managed at eight clubs including VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96, and was most recently in charge at Schalke until he quit due to exhaustion. Since then, the German has been linked closely with taking over at Turkish side Besiktas.

West Brom are reportedly set to confirm ex-Liverpool assistant coach Steve Clarke as their new first team manager. Clarke has had previous experience as an assistant at Chelsea, West Ham and last season at Anfield alongside Kenny Dalglish.  

Under Hodgson West Brom finished 10th in the league and the club are believed to be close to announcing his replacement.