PETR Cech reckons Liverpool missed a trick in not making Steve Clarke their manager as Chelsea prepare to face their former stalwart on Saturday.
Blues travel to The Hawthorns to take on Clarke's West Brom, who sit an impressive fifth in the Premier League table.
Clarke, who spent over a decade as a player at Stamford Bridge and a similar period as a coach, took the reins at the Baggies this summer – but Cech said he was surprised the Scotsman was not given a chance earlier.
“I think he has been doing really well,” said the Blues' goalkeeper on the former right-back.
“And I know he's been waiting for his chance quite a long time. He was always an important first team coach while he was at Liverpool, and obviously when he was with us.
“Now he has his chance to be manager, to do something with the team the way he wants to do it – his way.
“And he's been doing really well. That's great to see because I think as I know him he's always been working very hard to get a chance and I am pleased for him to have such a great start.
“I was surprised that it took people so long before he actually got the job because I would have thought that he might have got his chance already when he was at Liverpool.”
Chelsea travel to the Black Country to find their hosts with a league record of five wins from six at home – a run bettered only by Manchester City.
West Brom will be without the Blues' on-loan forward Romelu Lukaku due to the terms of his deal, while Chelsea miss injured captain John Terry, and await news on one or two others.