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Clarke's flying start.

WEST Brom boss Steve Clarke was doing his best to keep feet firmly on the ground as he assessed a flying start to both the campaign and his managerial career.

The Baggies manager saw his side win a rollercoaster encounter at the Stadium of Light, beating Sunderland 4-2. And his club is reaping the rewards of steady development and astute investment with the likes of 25-year-old Argentinian midfielder Claudio Yacob having slipped seamlessly into the team he inherited. Clarke said: "Claudio has come in from Argentina on a free S and he has been an outstanding signing for us.

"When I came to the Albion in the summer, I sat down with (sporting and technical director) Dan Ashworth and we spoke about what I could see as beneficial to the squad, and that was the type of midfield player I asked for. I watched six or seven DVDs on Claudio and decided he might do a half-decent job for us; he has done more than that."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2012
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