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Clarke named top boss for November

Head coach praises staff and players after winning Manager-of-the-Month Award

STEVE Clarke has paid tribute to his staff and players after becoming only the second-ever Albion boss to be named Barclays Manager of the Month.

The head coach has scooped the November gong in the Barclays Premier League Awards – just five months after landing his first job as a No.1.

He follows in the footsteps of Roberto Di Matteo, who bagged the honour as Albion chief in October 2010.

Clarke steered the Baggies to four successive wins for the first time in their Barclays Premier League history last month.

A 3-1 defeat at in-form Swansea was the only low point in an otherwise sparkling November that saw Albion beat Southampton 2-0, Wigan 2-1, Chelsea 2-1 and Sunderland 4-2 to reach the heady heights of third place.

Clarke said: “It’s a good reward for a good November.

“I’m the one that picks the award up but it’s obviously down to the work of my staff and players.

“The players were exceptional in November. We had a great run.

“Four victories in a row in the Premier League is difficult to achieve.

“We managed to do that and this trophy is a little reward for them.

“We wanted to start well and we wanted to try and build on it.

“Up until November, we’d done really well.

“The last three games we’ve lost and now it’s a different challenge for us and a different kind of pressure.”