Clarke appointed Scotland boss

Date published: Monday 20th May 2019 3:21 - Matthew Briggs

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Steve Clarke has been appointed as the new Scotland head coach, the Scottish Football Association has announced.

The 55-year-old, who guided Kilmarnock to a third-placed finish in the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, replaces Alex McLeish, who stepped down from the role in April.

The Scottish Football Association said in a statement it was “delighted” to announce Clarke’s appointment.

“Steve joins from Kilmarnock on a three-year contract until the end of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign and was appointed after an extensive recruitment process undertaken by the Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell and endorsed by the board,” the statement added.

Scotland are fifth in their Euro 2020 qualifying group after two games.

“It is an honour,” said Clarke.

“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.”

 

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