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West Bromwich Albion's Keith Downing. Picture credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

West Bromwich Albion's Keith Downing. Picture credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

West Bromwich Albion's Keith Downing. Picture credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

WEST BROM caretaker boss Keith Downing urged the club to end the uncertainty over their next manager after overseeing their return to winning ways.

But Downing maintained he does not want to take on the job full time even though he will continue in the role for as long as required.

The Baggies won for the first time in 10 games with a 1-0 Premier League success over 10-man Newcastle at the Hawthorns yesterday.

Downing appears to have had a positive effect since taking charge following the sacking of Steve Clarke last month, with the team now unbeaten in four games.

Downing said: "I am enjoying it. It is easy to say that because I haven't been beaten, but for me it was always about supporting the club and that is what I've intended to do, whether win, draw or lose.

"It was important to try to change the momentum and we have done that."

Downing has stated a number of times he is not interested in becoming Clarke's permanent successor and when asked if he might now change his mind, he said: "No, I was always in a support role and that is what I intend to do."

Downing feels the club are right to take their time with their appointment, but he thinks it would be better done sooner rather than later.

He said: "It can't go on, the uncertainty can't go on. There has to be a decision eventually.

"They can't just keep making me caretaker in the next month. There has to be a decision from them. January is an important month in the football calendar."

Downing insists he has done little, fundamentally, to turn things around. He said: "Steve was an excellent coach. I thought there was a fine dividing line. Decisions went against us at Stoke and Chelsea and then we had a poor week when we lost three on the bounce. The players probably just lost a little bit of belief."

The Baggies were good value for their victory, even though it came courtesy of a late Saido Berahino penalty.

The hosts had the better chances and completely dominated after Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Claudio Yacob just after the hour.


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