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Shelley Kerr to share knowledge with new Scotland boss Steve Clarke

Clarke called on Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Kerr’s team. Scotland Women’s head coach Shelley Kerr is looking forward to sharing ideas with Steve Clarke after the new men’s head coach set a target of emulating her success. Clarke called on Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Kerr’s team who play in their first World Cup finals this summer. Kerr, who was announcing Loganair as her team’s official airline partner, said: “It’s really kind words form Steve but I know he’s been looking at how well we have done, and he looks for our results. “It’s always about best practice and sharing your knowledge and expertise. It’s not about the women’s team or the men’s team, it’s about integrating and working...

Steve Clarke “still hurt” by Scotland snub during playing days

Steve Clarke is still hurting from missing out on a major international tournament as a player. It meant the new Scotland head coach jumped at the chance to lead his country back to a finals for the first time since 1998. Clarke won five caps in the 1987-88 season, not long after moving from St Mirren to Chelsea. Scotland were unbeaten in those five matches but it took him six years to play again for his country. That 3-1 friendly defeat by Holland proved his final appearance and Clarke still rankles at being overlooked by Andy Roxburgh and Craig Brown. Steve Clarke spoke at a Hampden media conference (Jane Barlow/PA) The 55-year-old will remind any players whose commitment is wavering that they have a chance to achieve something most can only dream of. “That’s down to my skill...

Steve Clarke: ‘Scotland job is pinnacle of my career’

Steve Clarke feels he has reached the “pinnacle” of his career after being unveiled as the new Scotland head coach. The former Kilmarnock boss has signed a three-year contract, and Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell was delighted to secure his services. Speaking at a press conference, Maxwell said: “On behalf of the board on the Scottish FA, I am delighted to welcome Steve Clarke as our new national team head coach. The new boss πŸ΄σ §σ ’σ ³σ £σ ΄σ ΏπŸ™Œ#NothingMattersMore pic.twitter.com/FtqVUkT2q2 β€” Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) May 21, 2019 “Over last few weeks, the board and myself have conducted a diligent and robust process with a number of high-quality candidates. Through each stage of this process, Steve jumped out as the outstanding candidate. ...

Greg Taylor: ‘No hard feelings if Steve Clarke takes Scotland job’

The Killie boss is on the shortlist to replace Alex McLeish. Greg Taylor does not expect any complaints from the Kilmarnock faithful if Steve Clarke quits to become Scotland boss. The Rugby Park manager is on the Scottish Football Association’s three-man shortlist to replace Alex McLeish, along with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill. Hampden chiefs will wait until after Sunday’s final round of Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures before making their move as they give Clarke and McInnes time and space to focus on their clubs’ respective fights for third place. Killie only need to match the Dons’ result at Easter Road when they host Rangers to clinch their highest league finish since 1966 and with it a guaranteed Europa League ticket. Clar...

McInnes prefers Aberdeen stay over Scotland job

Derek McInnes has cleared the path for Steve Clarke to land the Scotland job after insisting he is only focused on rebuilding his Aberdeen squad. The Dons boss and his Kilmarnock rival Clarke are understood to be the Scottish Football Association’s top two choices to replace Alex McLeish as national team manager, with Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill also a contender. But McInnes has backed Pittodrie chairman Stewart Milne’s claim that his focus, for now, remains on the cut and thrust of club management. The 47-year-old said: “What I’ve said to the chairman is that I see myself as a club manager for this moment in time, that has not changed. “I think when you get asked about these things publicly it can come across a bit arrogant. I’ve not been asked...

Bartley: ‘Being in Scotland has surpassed my expectations’

Livingston-bound Marvin Bartley has revealed he turned down more lucrative offers in England to sign for the West Lothian club after his spell at Hibernian exceeded all expectations. The midfielder has agreed to a three-year contract with Livingston and will sign off on his Hibs career after Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premiership visit of Aberdeen. The former Bournemouth, Burnley and Leyton Orient player has won Scottish Cup and Championship winners’ medals during a four-year spell at Easter Road but, after being restricted to 16 first-team appearances this season, he decided to seek a new club. “I think my time here has kind of ended,” the 32-year-old said. “I have been here four years. I came to a team that was in the Championship and a lot has happened in those fou...

Kilmarnock assistant hints Steve Clarke would take Scotland job

Steve Clarke would find it hard to turn down the Scotland job if he was offered it, according to his Kilmarnock assistant Alex Dyer. The Rugby Park boss is vying with Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill for the Hampden hot seat, with Scottish Football Association bosses set to make their decision early next week. And Dyer believes Clarke will struggle to say no to the national team, saying: “I know Steve’s ability, I know he’s a good manager. A very good manager. “If the country comes for him then it will a great honour and I know he knows that. “He’s done a great job here. He’s always left it open that he will he decide at the end of the season. That’s no secret. “At the end of the day, it’s a ...

SFA to name new Scotland manager on Monday

Hampden chiefs will wait no longer than Monday to identify Alex McLeish’s replacement. The Scottish Football Association will step up their hunt for the next Scotland boss over the weekend and could yet turn to Derek McInnes. Hampden chiefs have decided they cannot afford to wait any longer than Monday to identify the man they want to be Alex McLeish’s replacement. The squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium is due to be announced on Tuesday, May 28, and the SFA wants to give the new man in charge at least a week to draw up his first selection. It appeared Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke had moved into pole position to land the role after Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack claimed Reds manager McInnes had told his current employers he ...

Derek McInnes rules out possibility of Scotland job

The SFA is looking to appoint a successor to Alex McLeish early next week. The Scottish Football Association has set a Monday deadline to appoint the new Scotland manager – but the job will not be going to Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. Press Association Sport understands Hampden chiefs have decided they cannot afford to wait any longer than early next week to decide on Alex McLeish’s replacement. The squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium is due to be announced on Tuesday, May 28, and the SFA wants to give the new man in charge at least a week to draw up his first selection. However, McInnes will not be moving into the national team hot seat after Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack announced the Reds boss had dropped out of the race. The Don...

Shelley Kerr: Scotland aiming to have “enjoyable tournament”

Scotland Women‘s boss Shelley Kerr has urged her side to embrace the challenge awaiting them in France after announcing the 23 players who will travel for the country’s first ever World Cup. Kerr’s side take on England, Japan and Argentina this summer as they prepare to make their finals debut, and she has backed the squad she has painstakingly chosen to reach the knock-out stage. She said: “It’s our first time at the World Cup but the target has already been set. We want to get out the group stages. “The most important thing though is that we embrace the occasion and have an enjoyable tournament. But it’s more enjoyable if we win games and I have every confidence in this group of players that they can get us out of the group stages.” This is...

Steve Clarke: ‘Greg Taylor ready to replace Kieran Tierney for Scotland’

Steve Clarke has backed Kilmarnock defender Greg Taylor to fill Kieran Tierney‘s boots for Scotland this summer. The Rugby Park left-back is one of four players in the running for the Scottish Football Writers’ Association’s young player of the year award and Clarke insists the 21-year-old is a deserving nominee. And he also suggested that his player is ready to make the step-up to the international scene. Taylor’s path to full Scotland honours has been blocked by both Liverpool star Andy Robertson and Celtic ace Tierney. But with the Hoops defender set to undergo double hernia surgery this summer, ruling him out of the Scots’ Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium in June, Clarke – who remains one of the leading candidates to replace Alex McLeish as nat...

James Forrest named PFA Scotland player of the year

Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke was named manager of the year. Celtic winger James Forrest has won the PFA Scotland player of the year award. Forrest beat team-mate Callum McGregor and Rangers pair Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos to the main prize of the players’ union awards night. The 27-year-old scored his 22nd goal of the season – for club and country – when he rounded off a 3-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday that clinched Celtic’s eighth consecutive title. The Scotland international could not collect his prize at the awards dinner in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on Sunday night as he and his team-mates had gone on a trip to celebrate their latest triumph. Steve Clarke won the manager prize (Jeff Holmes/PA) Steve Clarke won the manager of the year after breaking KilmarnockR...

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