Darrell Clarke: "I Love the Passion Here" Darrell Clarke: "I Love the Passion Here"
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Darrell Clarke: "I Love the Passion Here"

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of this weekend's League Two clash with Exeter City, and has praised the Saddlers faithful for their passion and insisted he will succeed with them by his side.
Clarke, who had watched his side bounce back from going a goal down to grab a point against Macclesfield Town at the weekend, admitted that the Saddlers had entered a poor performance and vowed to keep working.

The gaffer went on to discuss a brief tête-à-tête he had with a supporter on the sidelines, the fan expressing his dismay with the Saddlers' display, with Clarke insisting that passion is important from the club and fans alike.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "The fans are passionate. A fan was digging me out and he gets a nibble back off me. I don’t mind it, I love the passion here.

"It’s always going to be like that but I’m brought up that way to have a bit of a nibble. I’m always very respectful of the fans that come and they’re opinionated. But so am I as well, we’ll achieve together.

"How we do that is that we’ll win football games for them and then they’re happy. Can we play a lot better? Yes. But we’ll put it in the bag because I think we’d have lost that game in October to be honest."

The Mansfield-born boss, who celebrated his 42nd birthday on Monday,  admitted that, despite a difficult start to the season, he is ‘thoroughly enjoying' his time in the Black Country and vowed to continue working hard.

Darrell continued; "I feel around 52 sometimes. It’s a tough old job but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It won’t always be dark at six, let’s make sure that people know that. We’ll keep chipping away.

"Minus a disastrous October, like I said before, we’ll be right in the mix. We just have to keep working and getting the players better and fitter through the course of the season."
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