Steve Clarke appointed Scotland manager on a three-year contract

Steve Clarke appointed Scotland boss on a three-year contract and leaves Kilmarnock after third-place finish

  • Kilmarnock sealed third place in the SPL for the third time ever this season
  • The feat saw Steve Clarke crowned Scotland’s Manager of the Year
  • He is now tasked with getting Scotland to the first tournament since 1998 

Steve Clarke has been appointed as the new manager of Scotland on a three-year contract.

Clarke takes the job after a magnificent season with Kilmarnock, leading them to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premier League.

Scotland are second bottom in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying with three points from their first two games as they bid to qualify for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.

Steve Clarke has been appointed as the new manager of Scotland on a three-year contract

Steve Clarke has been appointed as the new manager of Scotland on a three-year contract

Clarke said: ‘It is an honour to be appointed Scotland head coach and I will undertake those responsibilities with pride and commitment.

‘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.

‘I appreciate the Scotland supporters have waited a long time for the national team to qualify for a major tournament. 

‘Now we have a Women’s World Cup to look forward to in France this summer and it’s my motivation to emulate the success of Shelley Kerr and her squad by leading us to EURO 2020.

‘I believe we can qualify and look forward to that journey with the players and the fans, starting against Cyprus and Belgium next month.’ 

Clarke said: 'It's an honour to be Scotland coach, I'll undertake the responsibilities with pride'

Clarke said: ‘It’s an honour to be Scotland coach, I’ll undertake the responsibilities with pride’

Clarke’s Kilmarnock side defeated Rangers 2-1 on Sunday to seal third place for only the third time in the club’s history and with it, a Europa League slot. 

The feat saw him win Scotland’s Manager of the Year.

As well as his success in charge of Kilmarnock this season, Clarke has had a distinguished career as a coach working alongside Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “Steve’s pedigree as a coach and manager of the highest regard set him apart in a high-calibre group of candidates. 

‘This season’s achievements simply reaffirm the credentials we believe will be of huge benefit to the Scotland team.’ 

Clarke’s first game as Scotland manager will be at home against Cyprus in a Euro 2020 qualifier on June 8.

 

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