Clarke graduates from club boss to national football supremo with Scotland

May 21 – Steve Clarke has been named as the new Scotland manager on a three-year contract.

The 55-year-old has left Kilmarnock to succeed Alex McLeish, who was sacked after Scotland’s disappointing start to the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign which included a 3-0 defeat away to Kazakhstan.

Clarke was voted Manager of the Year in Scotland this season after guiding Kilmarnock to third place in the Scottish Premiership – the club’s highest league position since 1966.

Clarke has also managed West Bromwich Albion as well as spells as assistant boss at the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.

Scotland are struggling in fifth place after two games in the European Championship qualifiers, are looking to end their 22-year wait to reach the finals of a major tournament.

“I firmly believe we have a talented group of players who can achieve success on the international stage. I look forward to working with them and helping them to fulfil those ambitions,” said Clarke who won six caps for Scotland as a player.  “I appreciate the Scotland supporters have waited a long time for the national team to qualify for a major tournament.”

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