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West Brom boss Irvine hails Lescott leadership qualities

West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine says Joleon Lescott has made an instant impact inside the locker room.

The former Manchester City defender is already part of the Baggies' leadership group.

"He is a leader," the head coach said. "I knew that already from working with him before and he will have become more of a leader as he's got older.

"He was a leader when he was at Everton, absolutely. He had those kind of qualities and he does it in a good way because he's not a ranter and raver nor somebody that points at people or grabs them by the scruff of the neck.

"He just has an air of authority about him and the players respect what he's done in the game, so it becomes that bit easier for him to become a leader."

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