Clarke knows expectations high at West Brom | Premiership News | Tribal Football

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke knows he’s taken the job with the club on the up.Clarke has replaced Roy Hodgson and is under no illusions over the expectations.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke knows he’s taken the job with the club on the up.

Clarke has replaced Roy Hodgson and is under no illusions over the expectations.

“I don’t have any illusions about the job, I understand the job, I understand the players that we’ve got here at the Albion. I think we’ve got a really good squad and that they have proven over the last couple of years that they deserve to be in the Premier League. We have to work on that and try to improve our standing in the league and attack the cup competitions with relish,” he said.

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Ex-Villa captain Laursen sees fans excited about Lambert | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen feels Paul Lambert has the fans excited again.

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen feels Paul Lambert has the fans excited again.

Laursen likens the Lambert effect to the excitement Martin O’Neill’s appointment prompted at Villa six years ago.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Aston Villa play under the new manager Paul Lambert,” he told the Sunday Mercury.

“From what I hear there is a lot of good feeling at the club now that he is there. It reminds me of the chaos and excitement when Martin O’Neill came to the club.

“He comes with a very good reputation from Norwich and I am hoping he can do a very good job for Villa.

“No disrespect to anyone, but things can only get better.

“I was at Villa Park a couple of times last season and the atmosphere was dead – it was really bad. The way Aston Villa played football, I didn’t like it. They were not going forward, they were not looking to attack. It was like they were playing with the handbreak on.”

Ex-Villa skipper Laursen was aware of Swansea rumours | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen was aware of the rumours linking him with Swansea City after Michael Laudrup’s appointment.

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen was aware of the rumours linking him with Swansea City after Michael Laudrup’s appointment.

Laursen recently left his post at Danish second division club Sollerod-Vedbaek for family reasons to spend time with his two young sons. At the time he was linked with coaching roles under Paul Lambert at Villa and as part of compatriot Laudrup’s backroom team at Swansea.

“I heard all about the stories saying I was coming back to Villa and I was going to Swansea, but that was never the case,” Laursen told the Sunday Mercury.

“I was coaching a second division team in Denmark and we did well. “When I took over we had three points from eight games and were in a very bad situation.

“We managed to keep that second division place which was my main goal.

“But then I stopped because of family reasons. I wanted to keep doing my badges, but not coach the club any more.”

Laursen hopes to study Lambert methods at Villa | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Martin Laursen hopes to visit Aston Villa this season as he takes his coaching badges.

Martin Laursen hopes to visit Aston Villa this season as he takes his coaching badges.

Laursen will ask new manager Paul Lambert if he can pop along to the Aston Villa training ground during the coming season to watch the new boss put the claret and blues through their paces.

“I would love to learn from top coaches and managers at top clubs around Europe, to visit their training grounds and to experience the coaching methods that they use,” Laursen told the Sunday Mercury.

“It would be great to visit Villa and to see how Paul Lambert works with the players and to say hello to some of my friends, so it is something I will try to arrange.”

West Brom defender McAuley: Hodgson advice crucial for me | Premiership News | Tribal Football

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley admits former manager Roy Hodgson was an enormous help during his debut Premier League season.

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley admits former manager Roy Hodgson was an enormous help during his debut Premier League season.

Out of everything that he learnt from the England manager the one bit of advice that stood out was Hodgson’s advice on tackling.

“The hardest thing as a defender is staying on your feet but I managed to do that (last) season,” McAuley told the Sunday Mercury.

“You can’t make a rash decision as your first decision.

“It’s been tough but a mark of that is that I’ve played 30-something games for West Brom and I’ve still not been booked.”

West Brom defender McAuley feels in best shape of career | Premiership News | Tribal Football

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley feels he’s in the best shape of his career.

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley feels he’s in the best shape of his career.

Albion’s Northern Irishman, who turns 33 later this year, believes that his legs would be starting to go had he come over to England as a teenager, but in contrast he’s enjoying being in the shape of his life.

The centre-half was 24 when he joined Lincoln City from Coleraine and only made his Premier League debut last season.

“I feel as fit as I have done since I came into the game late,” he told the Sunday Mercury.

“My body has maybe not been battered as much as the other young lads who have been doing it day in day out since they were 16.

“By the time they get to my age they are nearly done.

“(Last season) I played more games than I have for years and I’m looking forward already to getting going again.”

Liverpool boss Rodgers wants reunion with Swansea's Sinclair | Transfers | Tribal Football

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair.

The Daily Mail says Liverpool continue to monitor Swansea winger Sinclair, who is stalling over a new deal.

Tottenham, Aston Villa and Fulham are also interested in the England youth international, who enjoyed a stellar campaign back in the Premier League.