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Clarke upbeat on challenges

West Brom boss Steve Clarke admits his first season as a manager has been a major learning curve.

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Steve Clarke: West Brom boss has had an eventful first season at helm

Steve Clarke: West Brom boss has had an eventful first season at helm

The former Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool assistant coach got off to a flier at The Hawthorns, taking the team to third place in the Premier League at the end of November.

But Albion have since struggled with just three wins in 14 games, while dropping to ninth in the table and exiting the FA Cup.

And Clarke has had to contend with Peter Odemwingie transfer deadline day misdemeanours, Goran Popov's red card for spitting and Jonas Olsson's angry gesture towards fans.

"It's been a good experience. Different challenges always bring different solutions," the Albion boss said of his first season as boss.

"While I didn't want this kind of publicity for the club, it's been a challenge for me. In the early part of the season everything, was going great for me.

"Recently, it's a little bit more difficult and people can see if I can handle these challenges. I won't look back on it with any fond memories.

"But, if I learn something from it going ahead that makes me a better coach and helps me work better with the players, I'll try to take the positives from it."

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