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Walsall confirm appointment of new manager

Walsall have this morning confirmed the appointment of Darrell Clarke as the club’s new manager.

The Saddlers were relegated from League One on Saturday, ending their 12-year stay in the third tier.

It will be his first job since December when he emotionally left Bristol Rovers after four and a half years in charge with them.

Clarke said: “I can’t wait to get started.

“I have spoken with members of the Board on a number of occasions and this is a project I am really looking forward to.

“I am excited by the challenge that lies ahead. This is a great club and I can’t wait to get my teeth into the task at hand.

“The club have had a couple of disappointing seasons and we now find ourselves in League Two. I want to give these brilliant fans something to shout about, put a smile on their faces and give them a team that will give their all for the club and the badge.

“I like my teams to be on the front foot and play attractive, attacking football with the ability to adapt to different scenarios.

“I know all about the division we are in, I’ve had success at League Two level before and I want to bring the good times back. I will work tirelessly to achieve our shared goals.”

“Darrell arrives with an excellent track record,” added Chief Executive Stefan Gamble. “He’s young and hungry but, at the same time, he has over 400 games under his belt as a manager. That is phenomenal for someone who is still so young.

“He has a clear vision for the football club that is shared by the Board and I’m sure he will be well received by our supporters. We are all looking forward to working with Darrell in what I am sure will be an exciting chapter for Walsall Football Club.”

 

Check out what the fans made of the appointment on the next page.

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