Steve Clarke says he intends to utilise the lessons learned under the likes of Jose Mourinho, Sir Bobby Robson and Kenny Dalglish at West Brom - but will ultimately be his own man.
Clarke, who was confirmed as Roy Hodgson's successor at The Hawthorns earlier this month, has served an illustrious managerial apprenticeship under a host of successful bosses.
The Scot, who left Liverpool earlier this month after Dalglish's sacking, is finally making his first steps as a fully-fledged head coach after establishing himself as one of the game's leading coaches over the last 14 years.
Clarke has vowed to try to play attacking football at West Brom built on solid defensive foundations and while he acknowledges he will use the knowledge picked up working under Mourinho, Robson and Dalglish, he is ready to stand on his own two feet.
"You work with good people and if you don't take the best from each of those you work with then you make yourself look a little bit stupid," he said.
"So, hopefully I've taken all the good bits. I can't be anyone else. I can't be a Mourinho personality, or be like Kenny Dalglish or Sir Bobby Robson. I'll just be me.
"I'll take all those good bits and I'll be Steve Clarke. Hopefully that will be enough to be a successful coach."
Clarke revealed he spoke to old Chelsea team-mate and former West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo about Albion before taking the job while Mourinho, who appointed Clarke as his assistant during his time at Chelsea, has also been in touch.
"When I knew I had a chance of getting the job here, I spoke to Roberto about the club," he said.
"He had really good things to say about Albion and the people at the club, so it's been helpful to speak to him.
"I've had a text message from Jose - he's on holiday just now, so I don't want to disturb his holidays."
Next season's Premier League fixtures were released on Monday and Clarke was happy to be paired with former employers Liverpool at home on the opening day.
"I was delighted to get Liverpool first game," he said.
"I've got nothing but good memories from my time at Liverpool so to face them in the first game, here at the Hawthorns, will be fantastic.
"It takes a lot to get me really excited but this morning I was excited."