It’s been a bit of a mutual admiration society leading up to the game this afternoon against West Brom, with both managers Steve Clarke and Alan Pardew praising each other.
Steve Clarke – West Brom manager
Steve Clarke seems to have made an excellent start to his management career at West Brom, and has the Baggies playing some good football and they’ve picked up a good 14 points from their first 8 league games, and they will be a big test for Newcastle this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
And of course Steve has served under some great managers including Bobby Robson at Newcastle and Bobby’s prodigy – Jose Mourinho – at Chelsea, so he’s learned from two of the best managers in the business.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about the West Brom manager:
“You don’t get a starring role in a production unless you’ve been in the chorus line a while.” “That’s how I got into the game. I was reserve team manager at Reading for two or three years. Steve had a longer period when he was first-team assistant.’’
“He did a brilliant job at all those places. I admire Steve because he’s gone about his business in the correct manner.” “He hasn’t put himself up for managerial jobs, he’s just done a cracking job wherever he’s been.”
“His reward is a manager’s role and with the experience he has gained under Jose Mourinho and others.” Clarke was No.2 to Ruud Gullit at Newcastle and had one game as caretaker-boss after the Dutch superstar’s exit in 1999.”
“It was no mystery to anyone that Steve was going to be a success.’’
The 49 year-old Scot has always carried himself well and is a true gentleman, and as Alan says, he took over Newcastle in a caretaker role when Ruud Gullit was sacked in 1999, before Bobby Robson came in on his white horse to save Newcastle that season.
That’s after we were second bottom of the league after about seven games before Bobby arrived.
If Alan Shearer really wants to become a manager – and we have our doubts now – he needs to learn the business by managing lesser clubs in the lower divisions, because it’s hard these days for a former great player to get a plum job as the manager of a big club, without having learned your trade in management at lower league clubs, or as an assistant at the top clubs.
That’s exactly what Steve Clarke has done, and that experience is now showing through for him at West Brom.
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