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Clarke: AVB sacking not unfair

Steve Clarke believes Andre Villas-Boas has no excuses for his turbulent and short-lived introduction to the Premier League with Chelsea.

West Bromwich Albion boss Clarke is fully aware of the ruthless nature of his former paymaster Roman Abramovich after seeing it first hand during four years as assistant boss at Stamford Bridge.

While Clarke is delighted to see Villas-Boas given a rapid opportunity to rebuild a dented reputation by Abramovich he knows the Portuguese has to deliver for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and build on the achievements of Harry Redknapp.

Villas-Boas will be under the White Hart Lane microscope on his home debut against West Brom, after losing his opening match at Newcastle last weekend and Clarke hopes to intensify the scrutiny on the former Porto boss.

"I don't think you can say he was unfairly treated (at Chelsea). He was given a chance at a fantastic club like Chelsea and it didn't work out for him," he said.

"Once you sit in the manager's chair, you know the rules. It is one of the conditions of the job. If it doesn't work out and you're not getting results. You will be removed. That's the way it always happens.

"I am sure he will feel he has a point to prove and I'm sure he was delighted to be given the chance to come back into the Premier League and prove a few people wrong.

"I know he's a determined character and he'll be really motivated to do well at Tottenham."


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