In light of today’s news that our former player and coach Steve Clarke is the new head coach of the Scotland national team, we bring you another opportunity to watch Chelsea TV’s Legends interview with him.
In Legends, stars from our past reflect on their time as a Blue and some key moments from their careers are also shown.
The video interview can be watched above.
Clarke succeeds Alex McLeish in the Scotland role and has been given a contract until the end of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. He leaves Kilmarnock whom he led to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership this season. As a player he was capped six times by his country.
At Chelsea, Clarke was a hugely popular player and coach, and a versatile and extremely consistent defender.
He was signed from St Mirren for £422,000 in February 1987 and immediately made the right-back position, previously a problem for several seasons, his own.
Initially, he brought adventurous attacking play to the role and frequently contributed goals and assists. Over the years though he became a more solid and defensively-minded stopper whose great strength was his reading of the game. Towards the end of his career he often played as a centre-back or in a back three.
He was voted Chelsea’s Player of Year by the supporters in 1994, a year we reached an FA Cup final, and there were few players more deserving of being in the team three years later when we ended a 26-year wait for a trophy by winning the FA Cup in 1997.
A year later Clarke won the European Cup Winners' Cup in what turned out to be his 421st and final game for Chelsea.
His contribution to the club continued after his playing days and having coached our juniors, he was an important part of Jose Mourinho’s staff when we became champions in 2005 and 2006, and our assistant manager when we reached the Champions League final for the first time in 2008, before leaving to work alongside Gianfranco Zola at West Ham United.
Clarke follows Tommy Docherty as people with a Chelsea past to take charge of the Scotland team, and Matt Busby, who played games for us as guest player during the Second World War.