West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is grateful to be working for a patient chairman in Jeremy Peace.
Clarke is under no illusions how ruthless football can be.
"People who own a club are entitled to do what they want. Sometimes there are some human casualties," says Clarke.
"Now, if you get two years, you've done well. The average time for a manager is 14 or 15 months. You have to learn to deal with it.
"They don't run the club just to have two or three good years in the Premier League. They run it to sustain it over a number of years."
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