Steve Clarke believes it was important he enjoyed a positive start as West Bromwich Albion manager to prove he is not just a No.2.
The Scot was handed his first managerial role in the summer after previously being on the coaching staff at Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool.
He has picked up 14 points from his opening eight games to leave West Brom in sixth in the Premier League table and Clarke is pleased with how things have gone.
"The start was important," said Clarke ahead of Sunday's game away to one of his former clubs Newcastle.
"As a group we put a lot of emphasis on starting the first week very well and we managed to do that.
"From there it gives you the confidence and the platform to build from.
"I'm not daft and I think it was really important that I had a good start because there were a lot of people saying 'Steve Clarke is the perennial No.2'.
"For me it was vital that we got off to a good start and it was good for the club because it showed that their appointment of me as a head coach wasn't as crazy as it might have appeared to some people at the time."