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Clarke aims to leave a legacy

17 December 2014

New boys sets his sights

Steve Clarke says he is determined to leave a legacy at Reading Football Club after arriving at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The 51-year-old has penned a two and a half year deal with the club and will take charge for this Saturday’s game with Watford.

“It may be your CV that gets you into a club, but then it’s what you do when you get there that counts,” the boss told Reading FC Player.

“I’ve always left clubs with a good reputation, and although I’m not thinking about the day that I leave Reading – when I do I hope everyone looks back and says ‘what a fantastic time we had with Steve Clarke as manager’. That’ll mean the club has been successful and the fans will have enjoyed it, which is the most important thing.”

When asked what supporters could expect to see from a ‘Steve Clarke team’, the former Scotland international was quite clear what he had in his sights.

“My teams are disciplined and organised, I like my teams to play football to win. You always want to play well but there are times in a season and stages in a game where maybe you need to understand that things aren’t going so well and you need to find out how to win games from difficult positions. They’ll be a team that wants to win, they’ll be hungry. That’s what I am as a person – I’m hungry and want to do well and I want to feed that to my players.

“Which ever level of players I’ve worked with they have always seemed to enjoy and respond to the training. The way I work on the training pitch seems to get the most out of the players and that’s what I want here. It’s 12 months to the day that I lost my job last year, I’m back in now and can’t wait to be back on the touchline.”

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