Three-year deal for Killie boss
Clarke bids to ’emulate Shelley Kerr as national coach’
Scotland calling: Steve Clarke (pic: SNS Group)
Steve Clarke has signed a three-year contract as the new Scotland head coach. The 55-year-old replaces Alex McLeish after guiding Kilmarnock to third place in the Scottish Premiership season securing European football at Rugby Park for the first time since 2001.
His first games in charge will be next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium.
“I firmly believe we have a talented group of players who can achieve success on the international stage,” said Clarke, who last night picked up his Scottish Football Writers’ Association Manager of the Year award in Glasgow.
“It is an honour. 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.”
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell added: “I am delighted that we now have the country’s deserved manager of the year to lead the Scotland national team and his experience over the past two decades will be integral to rejuvenating our UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign
“It was important that we undertook the recruitment process diligently and respectfully, especially given the importance of the final games of the domestic season for Kilmarnock, Steve and his players.”