Steve Clarke to Remain as Scotland’s Head Coach Until 2026
|Venue:||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Date:||Saturday, 25 March||Kick-off:||14:00 GMT|
|Coverage:||Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland, live text on the BBC Sport website & app, highlights on BBC One Scotland|
Steve Clarke agrees to continue as the head coach of Scotland men until 2026. Clarke, who took over from Alex McLeish in 2019, led the side to the Euro 2020 finals. The Scots begin their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign at home to Cyprus on Saturday, with Spain visiting Hampden three days later.
Clarke said, “We now have an experienced core who have been constants throughout, but we have also added quality and competition in every area of the team. It’s imperative that we keep the fans and the nations engaged and entertained, and that is something we are all committed to achieving through winning games and qualifying for more major tournaments, starting with Germany next year.”
Cyprus, Georgia, Norway and Spain make up Group A. Last year, Scotland secured promotion to League A and a play-off route for Euro 2024 if they finish outside the qualifying berths. Clarke previously managed West Brom, Reading, and Kilmarnock and has coached at Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle, and West Ham.
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said, “Steve has united the nation behind a successful men’s national team. It was important we demonstrated our commitment to Steve and his backroom team, and acknowledged the continuity that has been key to our improvement in the past four years. While everyone was disappointed not to have reached the World Cup in Qatar last December, securing promotion to Nations League Group A was another sign of the undeniable progress made.”
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