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Clarke in pole position to become new Scots boss

Steve Clarke

Favourite: Steve Clarke (pic: SNS Group).


 

Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has emerged as the front runner to become the new manager of Scotland.

The Scottish FA are said to be close to announcing Alex McLeish’s successor, with Clarke reportedly topping their wish list.

Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill and Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes are also thought to be under consideration, though look set to lose out to the former West Bromwich Albion and Reading boss.

Clarke has revitalised Kilmarnock since his arrival in October 2017 and could see his team finish third in the Premiership should results be favourable in the final league matches of the season on Sunday.

The Hampden hierarchy are expected to appoint the new national boss within a matter of days.

Clarke still has another year left on his Rugby Park contract but speaking earlier about his next career move, the 55-year-old said: “I do miss being around my family, the life I had down south, but professionally, I’m super-happy. It’s been a great career move for me.

“The only decision I’ve got to make is professional or personal. When I came here, it was with a little bit of risk.

“If this job hadn’t have worked out for me, I’d probably be spending a hell of a lot more time on the golf course. It’s great it’s worked out the way it has.

“There’s no doubt in my mind I could get a job as a coach, but to do this job properly as a manager has been good for my managerial career.

“I’ve been linked with a lot of jobs over my time at Kilmarnock – I’m still getting linked now – but that’s only because of the success of the team.”

McLeish was sacked last month after an unsuccessful second spell in charge of Scotland.

Clarke was actually at Hampden Park today for a disciplinary hearing following remarks made about referee Steven McLean.



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