Manager Kilmarnock FC, 2017-19
Manager Kilmarnock FC, 2017-19
Oct 14th 2017: Killie announce the appointment of Steve Clarke as their new manager. Clarke, who has previously filled high-profile coaching roles at Chelsea, Newcastle and Liverpool, has been out of work since leaving Aston Villa 12 months ago. He was taken there by Roberto Di Matteo but moved on when Steve Bruce was brought in to replace him. Clarke, a former Scotland international, brings a wealth of experience to the Killie dugout as they look to get off the bottom of the Premiership table.
Steve Clarke... “I’m delighted to be back in football and I’m especially delighted to be named Kilmarnock manager. In my discussions with the board we spoke about stability and while we need to fix the current situation, I’m looking to provide that stability to this great club. I’m looking forward to working with the board, staff, players and supporters to ensure future success at the club.”
May 6th 2019: Steve Clarke has been named PFA Scotland Manager of the Year for season 2018/19. During his time in charge, Killie have secured back-to-back top six finishes and broken the club's record points total twice.
May 20 2019: The club confirmed that Steve Clarke had left Kilmarnock FC to become Scotland National Head Coach with immediate effect.
Steve departs Rugby Park as a Killie legend, having twice broken our record points tally and leading the club to our highest league finish in 53 years and a place in the Europa League qualifiers.
Since joining in October 2017, Steve and his assistant Alex Dyer have led the team to back-to-back Top Six finishes but more importantly have helped restore a feeling of pride, passion and belief in Scotland’s oldest professional football club.
During his time in charge, Killie played 67 league matches, winning 34, drawing 18 and losing 15. In the League Cup, Killie won three games, drew once and lost once while in the Scottish Cup, the club won three matches, drew twice and lost twice.
Arriving when Killie were bottom of the Scottish Premiership, Steve proved to be the catalyst for a dramatic upturn in fortunes which saw the team finish in fifth place in the 2017/18 table. This season proved to be even better with the team briefly topping the table in December before ending 2018/19 in third position.
Director Billy Bowie said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone connected with Kilmarnock FC, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to Steve for his passion and dedication to the job. While we’re naturally disappointed to lose such a talented manager, I understand the lure of managing Scotland is a powerful one. Steve leaves an incredible legacy, delivering our best campaign in over half a century and providing European football for the first time since 2001. His place in this club’s illustrious history is assured and he will always be welcomed back to Rugby Park with open arms.”
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