Steve Clarke admits to feeling Premier League pressure

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West Brom boss Steve Clarke is attempting to set a new highest Premier League finish for the Midlands club, while at the same time admitting to feeling the pressures of top-flight management.

Clarke, who has been in charge since June 2012, believes other managers do well to remain in a position longer than a year.

However he accepts the fact that it is a part of modern life in the Premier League, which sees him face off against former mentor Jose Mourinho for the first time on Saturday.

Clarke told Express & Star: "People who own a club are entitled to do what they want. Sometimes there are some human casualties.

“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."

Current West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has made it clear he wants to remain in the Premier League and continue to improve the clubs growing success.

Clarke is well aware of these ambitions and knows that if results don't start to come in, thew vultures will begin to circle above.

He continued: "We’ve already lost a couple of managers. And this is before you’re really into the meat of the season.

“You are sitting on the sidelines and you know that the vultures are starting to circle. We need to start winning games.”

West Brom's trip to Stamford Bridge offers Clarke to show Mourinho what he can do, after being the Portuguese's assistant at Chelsea back in 2004.

It is true that the Scot learnt a great deal from the "Special One" during his time at Chelsea, but admits that when it comes to saturday it will be strictly business.

“In all my time working with him, I’ve seen him have just two sips of red wine,” he admitted. “Hopefully, we will get a chance to have a quick five minutes."

Clarke added: “Certainly Mourinho was one of my mentors. It was good for me at that time in my career.

"He gave me good ideas, showed me a different way to work – a way of working which was more global. You could do everything on the pitch within the training session: The tactical, technical, physical, psychological."

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