Clarke hits out at West Brom misfit Peter Odemwingie

The Baggies boss responded angrily to questions about the Nigerian striker's Twitter tirade, and insisted that he does not want his bad behaviour to overshadow the team
West Brom manager Steve Clarke has hit out at the behaviour of want-away striker Peter Odemwingie, who took to Twitter to criticise the club during the international break.

The Nigerian forward vented his anger at a lack of recent playing time, and threatened to buy himself out of the last year of his contract in order to leave the Hawthorns.

An angry Clarke responded by telling reporters: “I haven’t got anything to say to him. If he’s got something to say to me he should come and say it to my face.

“He has to come to me. He’s the one that has the grievance, not me. I am absolutely bored with the whole episode.

“I’m not interested in what he said. The club will deal with it.

“I don’t read Twitter. I understand there were some more comments and I told [technical director] Richard [Garlick] and the club to deal with it in the way they see fit. Richard has been off ill. He hasn’t been in.

“I’m just disappointed that I have to spend so much time talking about one player when I have such a fantastic squad of players who have made such a fantastic contribution this season.

“I am fed up of talking about one player.”

The Baggies boss did confirm that Odemwingie will be in the squad for Saturday's trip to West Ham and has very few fitness concerns for the Upton Park clash.

“We’ve been lucky,” said Clarke. “By and large everybody is back from the international break is in good shape.

“The only one who will struggle at the weekend is James Morrison. He didn’t go away on international duty and is very, very doubtful for the game.”