West Brom boss hails great start

Steve Clarke West Brom BossWest Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has expressed his delight at his side’s brilliant opening part of the season, emphasising that it was crucial to get off to a good start.

He also reiterated that it was important for him to prove that he was not just a number 2 and that he was more than capable of managing at the top level.

This is the Scot’s first managerial role after stints at Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool on the coaching staff.

The Baggies boss has picked up 14 points from his first 8 Premier League games in charge, and is delighted with the way things have gone.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of a clash with one of his former clubs Newcastle this weekend, Clarke said: “The start was important.”

“As a group we put a lot of emphasis on starting the first week very well and we managed to do that. From there it gives you the confidence and the platform to build from.”

He also went onto speak about his own fortunes as a boss, explaining what it’s like to carry the burden of being seen as an assistant manager.

“I’m not daft and I think it was really important that I had a good start because there were a lot of people saying ‘Steve Clarke is the perennial No.2′.

“For me it was vital that we got off to a good start and it was good for the club because it showed that their appointment of me as a head coach wasn’t as crazy as it might have appeared to some people at the time,” the Scotsman added.

Clarke will be looking to continue his promising start at St James’ Park at 15.00 on Sunday.

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