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The former Chelsea player, whose current deal is due to expire next summer, will begin discussions regarding his future with his employers over the next few months

West Bromwich Albion have announced that they are due to hold discussions with head coach Steve Clarke regarding his contract in the New Year.

The former Chelsea player took over the reins at the Hawthorns last summer, and guided the club to an impressive eighth-placed finish in the Premier League in the 2012-13 campaign – his first season as a manager.

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Clarke’s contract is set to expire next summer, and West Brom, who currently sit 10th in the league table, issued a statement on their official website on Thursday suggesting they are looking to extend his stay over the coming months.

“Steve’s contract situation was discussed at last month’s board meeting,” West Brom sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said in the statement.

“We decided that we would open talks with Steve in the New Year which, historically, we feel is the appropriate time to address such matters.

“We have got an extremely busy period ahead, with important games coming thick and fast.

“Once the Christmas period is out of the way, we plan to sit down with Steve and discuss his future.

“Steve is aware of our plans and has told us he is comfortable with the situation.”

Clarke enjoyed spells as a coach at Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool before taking up his role at West Brom.

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