Last Updated: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:49
West Brom number two Keith Downing has praised the "seamless transition" made by head coach Steve Clarke after replacing Roy Hodgson.
Albion finished in the top 10 of the Barclays Premier League under Hodgson and Clarke has adopted the 'if it isn't broke, why fix it' approach in his first senior role.
He lifted Albion into third spot before suffering a recent trio of defeats.
Downing said: "I've worked with both men and the biggest compliment I can give to Steve is that the transition has been seamless.
"He had the intelligence to stick to the things we do well and adapt things slightly to his personality.
"I think he's done that really well and, although people questioned his ability and experience as a number one, he has dealt with all of that.
"He has kept things in perspective regardless of whether things have gone well or badly.
"He was level headed after four wins in a row and doesn't get carried away now after three defeats."
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