The Scottish FA has announced the appointment of Steve Clarke as Scotland’s new head coach on a three-year deal.
Clarke, 55, will succeed Alex McLeish after leading Kilmarnock to an impressive third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership.
Clarke’s impressive season at Kilmarnock earned him the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers’ Association Manager of the Year Awards.
🏆 PFA SCOTLAND AWARDS
The @PFAScotland / GMB Scotland Manager of the Year is @KilmarnockFC's Steve Clarke congratulations Steve! Great support from the Support & Directors. We at @WorkSmartLtd are proud of the works we do for @KilmarnockFC pic.twitter.com/Bn60UM47BB
— Worksmart (@WorkSmartLtd) May 6, 2019
McLeish was axed as head coach last month following a disappointing start to Euro 2020 qualifying, where they suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan.
“It is an honour to be appointed Scotland National Head Coach and I will undertake those responsibilities with pride and commitment,” Clarke said the Scottish FA website.
“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.
Steve Clarke agrees to become Scotland manager, taking the reins on a three-year deal.
He paid tribute to the Kilmarnock faithful in last game at Rugby Park. pic.twitter.com/BUQvvjU1jg
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“I believe we can qualify and look forward to that journey with the players and the fans, starting against Cyprus and Belgium next month.”