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Steve Clarke

1 January 2015

First Team Manager

Steve Clarke was appointed as Reading manager in December 2014 following the departure of Nigel Adkins.

The Scotsman can claim to have worked with some of the most notable names in world football, including Luis Suarez, Didier Drogba, Jose Mourinho, Steven Gerrard, Gianfranco Zola, Frank Lampard, Ruud Gullit and Kenny Dalglish, as well as helping develop exceptional young talent like Saido Berahino, Raheem Sterling, Romelu Lukaku, Jordan Henderson, Shane Long, Mark Noble and many more.

A defender in his playing days, Clarke began his professional football career with St. Mirren before earning a move to Chelsea for £422,000 in February 1987. Eleven years and 421 appearances later, he had League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup medals in his trophy cabinet and had earned a place in Chelsea's centenary XI at right back.

Following his retirement Clarke joined Newcastle United as Assistant Manager to Ruud Gullit, helping them to reach the 1998-99 FA Cup final. He also enjoyed a spell as Caretaker Manager after the departure of Gullit in 1999. After a spell coaching Chelsea's Academy, the Saltcoats native was promoted to the role of Assistant Manager to the first team by Jose Mourinho in 2004, forming part of a successful staff that helped the club to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups under the Portuguese maestro. After Mourinho's departure he continued to work alongside new boss Avram Grant, seeing the West Londoners reach the 2008 Champions League final.

A new challenge awaited at Upton Park, where the already highly respected coach joined the Hammers as assistant to former teammate Gianfranco Zola - helping West Ham to a ninth placed finish in the Premier League. Having left the Iron following the departure of Zola . In 2011 he joined Kenny Dalglish as his assistant manager at Liverpool, once again lifting the League Cup, but it was a year later that he was finally presented with the opportunity to make a side his own.

On 8th June 2012 Clarke was appointed as manager of West Bromwich Albion - and had an immediate impact at the Hawthorns. He picked up the Manager of the Month award in November and guided the Baggies to their highest ever Premier League finish, eighth, and a points total of 49. Amongst their 14 victories in that campaign was a league double over Liverpool, whilst the following season saw the club's first win over Manchester United in 35 years.

Now a new challenge looms at Madejski Stadium...one he is sure to grasp with both hands.

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