Clarke is in his first season as the top man.
And Pardew says: â€œYou donâ€™t get the starring role in a production unless youâ€™ve been in the back for a little while.
â€œI was reserve-team manager at Reading for two or three years. Steve had a longer period when he was first-team assistant.
â€œThat Steve was going to be a success was no mystery to anyone in the management trade.
â€œMy advice to any young coach or manager would be to work in the background first. I do think it is dangerous to go down the line of a player jumping into a managerial career."