Newcastle boss Pardew happy for Clarke over West Brom success

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew isn't surprised by the success of Steve Clarke at West Bromwich Albion. Clarke is in his first season as the top man.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew isn't surprised by the success of Steve Clarke at West Bromwich Albion.

Clarke is in his first season as the top man.

And Pardew says: “You don’t get the starring role in a production unless you’ve been in the back for a little while.

“I was reserve-team manager at Reading for two or three years. Steve had a longer period when he was first-team assistant.

“That Steve was going to be a success was no mystery to anyone in the management trade.

“My 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."

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