Stephen "Steve" Clarke (born 29 August 1963) is a Scottish former footballer and manager of West Bromwich Albion.
He played for St. Mirren, Clyde, Chelsea and Scotland, winning three major trophies with Chelsea towards the end of his career. After retiring as a player he moved into coaching and has worked for Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool. Clarke was appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion in June 2012.
Playing career 
Spotted whilst playing for Beith Juniors, Clarke started his professional football career with St. Mirren. Clarke was initially on a part-time contract with St. Mirren, while he completed an apprenticeship as an instrument engineer. He was transferred to Chelsea for £422,000 in February 1987. He stayed at Chelsea until 1998, making 421 appearances. He was a part of the Chelsea sides which won the 1997 FA Cup Final, 1998 Football League Cup Final and 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final. The latter game, against VfB Stuttgart in Stockholm, 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. Clarke was caretaker manager following Gullit's resignation, taking charge of one match, a 5–1 defeat against Manchester United. For that game, Clarke reinstated Alan Shearer and Rob Lee to the team.
After a stint in charge of the youth teams at Chelsea, Clarke was promoted to the position of assistant manager when José Mourinho was appointed manager in the summer of 2004. Clarke 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 under Mourinho. During this period he completed his UEFA Pro Licence in 2006
When Mourinho departed from Chelsea in September 2007, his services were retained by Avram Grant, although Henk ten Cate was brought in as another assistant coach. Both Grant and then Cate left the club at the end of the 2007–08 season. BBC Sport and The Times both reported then that although Clarke remained on the Chelsea coaching staff, he would be looking to pursue opportunities to become a manager in his own right. Chelsea assured Clarke of his status, citing his loyalty, popularity amongst the club's supporters and work in the aftermath of Mourinho's departure.
West Ham United 
On 12 September 2008 Clarke handed in his resignation to Chelsea, hoping to move to West Ham United to be assistant to former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola. Chelsea initially rejected his resignation, demanding compensation worth two years of Clarke's salary. After a deal was agreed between the clubs, Clarke became West Ham's first-team coach on 15 September.
West Ham finished ninth in the Premier League in the 2008–09 season, earning Clarke and Zola extended contracts that made Clarke the highest paid assistant manager in the league. The club struggled during the next season, however, narrowly avoiding relegation. In June 2010, not long after the dismissal of Zola as manager, Clarke left the club by mutual consent.
On 10 January 2011, Clarke was appointed first team coach at Liverpool by Kenny Dalglish, after Dalglish had replaced the dismissed Roy Hodgson two days before. Clarke was credited (alongside Dalglish) for turning Liverpool's season around, having a points average of around 2 points per match from his arrival, coupled with an improved defensive record. On 12 May 2011, Clarke, as well as manager Dalglish, signed a three year contract to remain in his current role as first team coach.
On 14 May 2012 Clarke offered his resignation to Liverpool following the sacking of manager Dalglish and Liverpool's 8th place finish in the 2011–12 Premier League. The club declined the offer but on 6 June 2012 following the appointment of new manager Brendan Rodgers, Clarke left the club. Clarke himself said that Liverpool sacked him. 
West Bromwich Albion 
On 8 June 2012, Clarke was announced as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion having signed a two-year contract. The job is Clarke's first permanent management role for any club. Albion began the Clarke era with a 3–0 home win against Liverpool on the opening day of the Premier League season. Clarke then followed that result up with a 1-1 away draw against Tottenham Hotspur, and a 2-0 win at home to Everton. Clarke suffered his first competitive defeat away at Fulham, but West Brom soon jumped back with 1-0 home victory over Reading. In November the club won four consecutive matches in a row for the first time since 1980, defeating Southampton, Wigan, Chelsea and Sunderland respectively. Due to his efforts in November, Clarke was awarded the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month.  Although the team would go on to lose their next three matches, Clarke's team would bounce back with a draw at home to West Ham and a 2-1 win over Norwich City. By Christmas 2012, West Brom were seventh in the table with 30 points, behind teams like Arsenal and Spurs on only goal difference. During the January transfer window Clarke encountered some problems with want-away Nigerian Striker Peter Odemwingie who desired a move to Queen's Park Rangers, but Albion stood firm and refused to sell. Odemwingie was ultimately never sold and was later given time off following the transfer window saga. It was during this January period that the club struggled to emulate their early season form. Following a poor run of results which saw West Brom fail to win in six consecutive games, Clarke oversaw a 2-0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield- the club's first win since Boxing Day against QPR.
On 27 April 2013 Clarke's team secured a 3-0 away victory over Southampton, giving West Brom their fourteenth win of the season- their highest win total in the Barclays Premier League. The result took the club to a record breaking 48 points- their highest number of points in a Premier League season. West Brom ended the season in style with a dramatic 5-5 draw with Manchester United in what would be Sir Alex Ferguson's final game as manager. The draw saw West Brom finish 8th in the table on 49 points- their best finish since 1981.
Team playing honours 
Individual playing honours 
Coaching honours 
- West Bromwich Albion
Managerial statistics 
- As of 19 May 2013
|Newcastle United (caretaker)
||28 August 1999
||2 September 1999
|West Bromwich Albion
||8 June 2012
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