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Stephen "Steve" Clarke (born August 29, 1963 in Saltcoatsmarker, Scotlandmarker) is a retired Scottish international footballer and the current assistant First Team Coach of West Ham United.

Playing career

Clarke started his professional football career with St Mirren F.C. before transferring to Chelsea for £422,000 in February 1987. He stayed at Chelsea until 1998, making 421 appearances (the fifth highest total in the club's history) and winning the club's Player of the Year award in 1994. He was a part of the Chelsea sides which won the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners Cup in the late 1990s. The Cup Winners' Cup final, against VfB Stuttgart in Stockholmmarker, was Clarke's final appearance for the club. In 2005 he was voted into Chelsea's centenary XI, occupying the right-back berth.

Coaching career

Newcastle United

In 1998 Clarke joined Newcastle United as assistant manager to Ruud Gullit, his former boss at Chelsea, and was briefly caretaker manager for one match following Gullit's resignation.


After a stint in charge of the youth teams at Chelsea, Clarke became assistant to new manager José Mourinho in the summer of 2004 and was a part of the coaching set-up which saw Chelsea win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups over three seasons. When Mourinho departed from Chelsea in September 2007, Clarke's services were retained by new manager Avram Grant, although Henk ten Cate was brought in as co-assistant.

Following Avram Grant's departure in May 2008 there was increasing speculation where Clarke's future lay. There were rumours that Clarke would be installed as assistant manager to David Moyes at Everton FC. Further speculation arose when co-assistant, Henk ten Cate had his contract terminated on the 29 May, five days after Grant was sacked.

On May 31 2008, he was linked to the Leicester job vacated by Ian Holloway, who was sacked after guiding the club to relegation to League 1 for the first time in their history. He was also linked with the job after Gary Megson left to join Chelsea's Premiership rivals Bolton. However new Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari decided to retain Clarke citing his 'importance to the club's history'.

West Ham

On 12 September 2008 Clarke handed in his resignation to Chelsea, hoping to move to West Ham to be assistant to former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola. Chelsea initially rejected his resignation, and said that negotiations were ongoing. After a deal was agreed between the clubs, Clarke became West Ham's first-team coach on 15 September.

Playing Honours

St. Mirren F.C.
Chelsea F.C.

Individual Playing Honours

Chelsea F.C.

Assistant Manager Honours

Chelsea F.C.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Newcastle United August 28 1999 September 2 1999 1 0 1 0 00.00


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