West Brom boss Clarke reveals congratulatory text from Mourinho after flying start to season
12:53 GMT, 27 November 2012
Old friends: Clarke (left) with Mourinho back in 2007
Jose Mourinho has sent West Brom head coach Steve Clarke a 'well done' message after the Baggies' record-breaking start to the season.
The Real Madrid boss, who worked with Clarke at Stamford Bridge, texted the Scot before the club's 4-2 victory over Sunderland.
West Brom's storming start to the campaign is their best since 1953 when they eventually finished second to Wolves – but at least partly made up for that by winning the FA Cup.
Mourinho remains in touch with his erstwhile colleague on a regular basis and Clarke said: 'He sent me a little text before the game at the weekend. It was a nice text and there were a few nice words in it, too.
'There were a few words of encouragement – he told me to keep it going.
'But it was a private text, so I'll keep the rest of it between myself and Jose.'
Clarke joked that he would have to keep his own counsel after he was teased at his press conference prior to Wednesday's trip to Swansea for failing to smile.
'I do believe there are camera shots with me smiling – but that's something I'm going to have to work on in future.'
Flying start: West Brom have won four on the bounce
Ahead of the trip to south Wales, Boaz Myhill will continue in goal due to Ben Foster's absence. Jonas Olsson (calf) and Youssouf Mulumbu (hamstring) were due to have their fitness assessed on Tuesday.
The Baggies may be chasing their fifth straight victory but Clarke added: 'We are on a good run, we are in a good place but we are not even into December yet. There's still a long way to go. We can't get carried away.'