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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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🙌#NothingMattersMore pic.twitter.com/FtqVUkT2q2 — 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. ...

Kris Boyd backs Steve Clarke to end Scotland’s major tournament wait

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd has backed departing manager Steve Clarke to put uncommitted Scotland players in their place and lead the nation to a major tournament. Boyd expects Clarke to approach the Scotland job with the same single-minded attitude that saw him achieve significant success at Rugby Park. The 55-year-old was appointed head coach of the national team 24 hours after leading Killie to their highest league finish for 53 years and clinching European football for the first time in 18 years. Boyd told Sky Sports News: “When you look at what he’s done since he came through the door at Kilmarnock, it’s unbelievable. “If you look at Sunday’s team, only Youssouf Mulumbu wasn’t at the club (when Clarke arrived). So he took a team from the bottom of ...

Steve Clarke emotional ahead of Kilmarnock exit

Scotland-bound Steve Clarke bid an emotional farewell to Rugby Park after steering Kilmarnock to their first third-place finish in 53 years. The Scottish Football Association are set to make their move for the former West Brom and Reading boss on Monday as they look to name Alex McLeish’s successor as Scotland boss. But the 55-year-old will bow out on a high in Ayrshire after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Rangers ensured his side pipped Aberdeen to book a guaranteed Europa League slot. Clarke – who did not speak to the media either before or after the game – did address the jubilant Killie faithful from the centre of the Rugby Park pitch after Eamonn Brophy tucked home a last-minute penalty to send Kilmarnock on their way to their first European adventure since 2001. And while he did n...

Result: Kilmarnock defeat Rangers to secure third spot

Steve Clarke is set to leave Kilmarnock with a farewell gift of a third-place finish in the Ladbrokes Premiership after Eammon Brophy’s late penalty sealed a 2-1 win over Rangers at Rugby Park. With the Killie boss expected to be named the new Scotland manager this week, Clarke was hoping to leave on the back of the Ayrshire outfit’s highest league finish since 1966. And Clarke – watching from the stands after receiving a ban for criticising referee Steven McLean – got his wish as Brophy drilled home from the spot in the 89th-minute. The hosts got off to a perfect start when Chris Burke fired home against his old side only for Alfredo Morelos to turn up the tension with his 30th goal of the season – and his 10th against Killie – midway through the second half. But Brophy kept h...

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...

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...

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...

Shelley Kerr in contention for Scottish writers’ manager award

Shelley Kerr has been named on the shortlist for the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Manager of the Year award after leading Scotland to the Women’s World Cup finals. Kerr’s rivals for the prize include last year’s winner, Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke, while Professional Footballers’ Association Scotland Player of the Year James Forrest is in line for a double after being included on the shortlist for the SFWA player award. Forrest faces competition from Celtic team-mate Callum McGregor and Rangers pair Allan McGregor and Alfredo Morelos. Kerr has gained recognition after taking Scotland to this summer’s finals in France for the first time by topping their qualification group. PFA Scotland manager of the year Steve Clarke and Shelley Kerr are b...

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