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Steve Clarke Says It’s ‘An Honour’ to be Appointed Scotland Manager

Steve Clarke Says It’s ‘An Honour’ to be Appointed Scotland Manager

Steve Clarke has been appointed the new Scotland manager this afternoon and the now former Kilmarnock boss has described taking the job as ‘an honour’.

The Scottish Football Association turned to Clarke after sacking Alex McLeish last month, following the abysmal defeat to Kazakhstan and the underwhelming display in San Marino.

Having guided Killie to their first third-placed finish since 1966, Clarke departs Rugby Park as a genuine modern-day legend of the Ayshire club, and he seems intent on pulling off a similar job with the national team.

After his appointment was made official earlier today, Clarke said via the SFA website: “It is an honour to be appointed Scotland National 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 will begin his stint as Scotland boss with crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to the Cypriots and away to the formidable Belgians in June, as he aims to get our stuttering campaign back on track.

Will he be the man to end our two-decade wait to reach the finals of a major tournament?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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