Where is Steve Clarke now?
After a distinguished career at Chelsea where he made over 400 appearances, Steve Clarke finally retired from playing in 1998.
When Jose Mourinho was appointed manager of Chelsea in 2004, Clarke was promoted to assistant manager – a role he stayed in for four years before joining another former team mate Gianfranco Zola at West Ham United.
Clarke left West Ham shortly after Zola was sacked and joined the Liverpool revolution under new manager Kenny Dalglish, originally as first team coach and then assistant manager.
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When Dalglish was sacked in May 2012, Clarke offered his resignation which Liverpool refused but he eventually left the club in June 2012 when he was appointed head coach at West Bromwich Albion – replacing Roy Hodgson.
After a fantastic first season with the club, finishing 8th in the league, Clarke’s side struggled in his second season and he was sacked in December 2013 after a run of poor results.
In December 2014 Clarke was back in football when he was appointed manager of Championship side Reading.
Although Reading’s league form was disappointing, Clarke took them to the FA Cup semi-finals where they were unlucky to be defeated by eventual winners Arsenal.
Unfortunately, after a disappointing start to the 2015-16 season he was sacked from the club in December after just a year in charge of The Royals.
It wasn’t long before Clarke was back in football, and in June 2016 he was revealed as the new assistant manager at Aston Villa working alongside the new manager and former Chelsea team mate Roberto Di Matteo.
Di Matteo’s time was short-lived at the club and he was sacked in September 2016 after a string of poor results.
Clarke was placed in temporary charge of the team whilst the club looked for a new manager and left in October 2016 upon the appointment of Steve Bruce.
He made a return to football management a year later when he was appointed as manager of struggling Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.
Making an immediate impact with draws against Rangers and Celtic, Clarke transformed the team’s fortunes on the pitch and they ended the season in fifth place with a record point’s tally.
He also won the Scottish Football Writer’s Association Manager of the year.
His second year at the club was even better with the club achieving a third place finish and European qualification with Clarke bagging the SFWA award for the second year running as well as the PFA Manager of the Year award.
In May 2019 after Kilmarnock’s final league game, Clarke was appointed in his current role as manager of the Scottish national team.
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Steve Clarke: Premier League Statistics
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Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com