Clarke joins Dalglish at Liverpool
Liverpool have appointed former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke as first team coach in the first addition to their backroom staff since Kenny Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson as manager last weekend.
"I was sat at home doing nothing and now I've got the chance of working with a football great in Kenny Dalglish and also working for one of the world's leading football clubs," he said. "This was something I couldn't turn down.
"I am grateful for everybody who has given me such a warm welcome, especially all those at Melwood (training ground). I am really looking forward to working with Kenny and the rest of the staff to help bring good times back to the club."
The appointment of the well-respected Clarke will go some way to silencing the critics who claimed Dalglish, who has not managed for more than a decade, had been out for too long and was not equipped to deal with the modern-day demands of the game.
Clarke was a part of the coaching set-up which saw Chelsea win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two Carling Cups over three seasons under Jose Mourinho.
Mike Kelly, whom Hodgson brought with him from Fulham as coach in the summer, was not involved with the team in their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday and his departure from Liverpool will be confirmed in due course.
"Steve is a great addition to our backroom team and I'm delighted we've been able to bring him into the club," Dalglish told the club's official website today. "I am looking forward to working with Steve alongside Sammy Lee (assistant manager) and our other technical staff."
Clarke will certainly help advise Dalglish, who has not managed for more than a decade, on the latest training methods having been part of the Chelsea staff under Jose Mourinho when the Blues won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups over three seasons.
Clarke, who also had spells coaching West Ham United and Newcastle United, played over 500 senior games for St Mirren and Chelsea.