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Name Steve Clarke
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Ethnic Scottish
Job Scottish Football Coach
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Club as Coach Scotland National Team [Head Coach]
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2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Scotland vs Russia. Under Steve Clarke, however, there is renewed optimism, despite the team struggling to overcome Cyprus in June then falling to a 3-0 loss away in Belgium three days layer] It’s been a long time since we turned over one of the big boys. Russia, having been in the last eight of the last World Cup, are one of the bigger teams. We need a big win as a country. It’s about time that we as a nation, rather than being on the receiving end, are dishing out a result that’s deemed an upset. Hopefully Friday night can be the case. Over a number of years, we haven’t reached a major finals. The more often that happens, the less people start to believe in it. So one big result could change the mindset, not just of the squad, but of the whole nation.

If you’re optimistic, you think you can win any game. Rather than put the pressure on the one game, over the next three games we have to make sure we get enough points to make sure we’re still in the group

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Scotland manager Steve Clarke indicated at a press conference that he left Kieran Tierney out of his squad at the request of Arsenal] I was close to selecting Kieran, obviously Arsenal have indicated to us that they’d prefer us not to select him at this moment in time because he’s only played 70-odd minutes of football and you have to respect the club’s decision on that. I’d like to get Kieran in the squad and have him as part of the group but at this moment in time it’s more important that Kieran gets minutes on the pitch, gets himself back to full speed and when that happens I’m sure he’ll be a valuable member of the squad

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Scotland suffered defeat at home when they met Russia at Hampden Park in September and they will be desperate to avoid a repeat of that fate on Thursday] For a reason I have yet to determine, we stepped off the game and allowed Russia to dominate us and impose their style of play on us. Why we allowed that game to drift away from us, whether it’s a mental thing or a quality thing, we will need to assess

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Steve Clarke was relieved to end a tough week for Scotland on a high by hammering San Marino 6-0 for the Tartan Army’s biggest win in four years] It’s not often a Scotland team score six goals. It’s a nice reward at the end of a difficult week. They’ve got character and resilience. They were on a hiding to nothing tonight. They showed the character to come back from a bad blow. We’re working towards an end target, which is the play-offs in March. We go to Cyprus one point behind with a chance to go above them

[Heavy rain and a sodden pitch made conditions increasingly difficult in the second half] It was difficult to pass the ball. We wanted to pass the ball. We moved the ball really well and very fast in the early part of the game, which got us in front. We wanted to do that in the second half, but obviously it started sticking in the puddles. We still managed to find the right passes into the box and got some good goals for us

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Scotland boss Steve Clarke had hoped to call Tierney up to his squad during the international break, but it was decided that the left-back should remain at Arsenal to work on his fitness having only just returned from a long injury lay-off] We were close to selecting Kieran. Obviously, Arsenal have indicated to us that they’d prefer us not to select him at this moment in time because he’d only played 70-odd minutes of football. You have to respect the club’s decision on that. I’d like to get Kieran in the squad and have him as part of the group but at this moment in time it’s more important that he gets minutes on the pitch and gets himself back to full speed

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Injuries force Scott McTominay and Andy Robertsonr to withdraw from Scotland squad] I have to focus on the players that come and build a squad that comes committed

[Asked about Kieran Tierney specifically] It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well, but we’ve got good cover in that position

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Steve Clarke talks about Kieran Tierney] Kieran Tierney’s got an ongoing issue that Arsenal are keen to address in the next international break and Arsenal asked us not to select him. It’s a little bit frustrating and it’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well