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Mourinho hails 'incredible' Clarke

Real Madrid chief says Baggies boss is doing 'amazing' job

JOSE Mourinho has given Steve Clarke a ringing endorsement as Albion boss, insisting: “He is doing amazing.”

Albion sit fourth in the table with ten points from their opening five games – their best-ever start to a Barclays Premier League campaign.

And the Real Madrid boss, who had the Hawthorns chief as his No.2 at Chelsea for three seasons, says he is not surprised to see Clarke flourishing in his first head coach role.

“He is doing amazing and I’m the last person to be surprised because I felt he was ready for this a long time ago,” said Mourinho.

“He is very mature and he’s a very strong personality.

“He can be a strong leader but at the same time he can establish a good relationship with the players.

“I’m not surprised.

“West Brom is a club with an incredible history and tradition but it is not a club to be in the top places of the Premier League, so we cannot expect Steve to finish in the Champions League places.

“But he is an incredible coach."