“Now is a new chapter, a new challenge, and anybody who knows me knows I like to have a challenge.”
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 21/05/19 12:15pm
Steve Clarke says he is “humbled and honoured” to have been named the new Scotland manager.
Clarke was confirmed in the role on Monday, having guided Kilmarnock to third place in the Scottish Premiership and securing European football next season for the first time in their history.
The 55-year-old takes over from Alex McLeish and will be tasked with trying to secure qualification for next year’s European Championships.
“I’m absolutely humbled and honoured to be the manager of my national team,” said Clarke as he spoke to the media for the first time since being appointed to the role.
“I played for Scotland so to manage Scotland now is probably the pinnacle of my career.
“I wouldn’t be here without the time I had at Kilmarnock, it was an incredible 18 months we had there.
“We had great success and thank you to Kilmarnock for everything they gave me and they made this opportunity possible.
“But now is a new chapter, a new challenge, and anybody who knows me knows I like to have a challenge.
“If I was a lazy person, I would still be sitting at Chelsea in the assistant manager’s seat. I could have done that forever but this is a big challenge and I look forward to the challenge.”