By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger says he is pleased Steve Clarke has been given a chance at West Bromwich Albion.

Clarke is in his first managerial job after spending time as assistant at Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool.

West Brom’s boss is one of 13 British managers in the Premier League, and Wenger believes it is important that homegrown coaches are employed in England.

“It is great,” Wenger said. ”I think you have a lot of competent coaches in England and when they get a chance, I am very happy about that.

“He is one of them, he knows the game well. The most important thing is to be in touch with the top, top level to see what is requested. He has done that for a long time. He shows now that he is ready for the job.

“You need that in a country, a good mixture, some input from outside but the core of the coaching has to be from your own country. There is no obvious explanation, maybe now England has formed and educated coaches than before, then it was more spontaneous. Now it is more educated and prepared, people feel more directed and educated to do it.”

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7 Dec 2012