Saturday 24 March 2018

The Clarke effect

How he works

The 47-year-old functions as a bridge between dressing-room and -- at Anfield -- Boot Room. He was counted as a confidante by many of Chelsea's players during his four years as Jose Mourinho's assistant; Gianfranco Zola described his innovative training sessions as "brilliant".

What he has done

Clarke made his name as a player at Chelsea but became more famous for his work as a coach under Mourinho, and was widely credited with a significant role in their consecutive title wins. His spell at West Ham was less successful, leaving Upton Park in June last year after Zola's dismissal.

What they say

"If he had the chance to manage a club, even a big club like Chelsea, he would be ready for that. He is that good. He is an intelligent guy and always looking to improve. He is very open to co-operation and learning. He has a good relationship with the players, knows how to handle them. I think he is much, much better than many managers who are in charge of teams at the moment." -- Jose Mourinho.

What it means

Although Clarke was out of work following his spell at Zola's West Ham, his appointment seems unlikely to be temporary. Should Dalglish not remain in place, Clarke's presence at Anfield would be ideal for the 33-year-old Porto manager, Andre Villas Boas, his former colleague under Mourinho and one candidate for the long-term Liverpool post.

Irish Independent

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