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The Tay­lor-made man­ager

- Sports · Taylor · Scottish Football Team · Scotland · Steve Clarke · Belgium · Belgium national football team · Russia · Cyprus · West Bromwich Albion F.C. · Kilmarnock F.C. · Kilmarnock · San Marino · Celtic F.C.

Greg Tay­lor feels his Scot­land team-mates are be­gin­ning to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the abil­i­ties of man­ager Steve Clarke.

Clarke en­dured a dif­fi­cult start to in­ter­na­tional man­age­ment with four con­sec­u­tive de­feats in games against Bel­gium and Rus­sia after his open­ing win over Cyprus.

The for­mer West Brom and Kil­marnock boss led Scot­land an­other vic­tory over the Cypri­ots on Satur­day fol­low­ing last month’s 6-0 win over San Marino and Celtic left-back Tay­lor is see­ing the same pos­i­tive signs of progress that Clarke achieved more im­me­di­ately at Rugby Park. He said: “I worked with the gaffer for two years before he took the job and I can’t sing his praises high enough. He’s a top man­ager and I think the boys are start­ing to slowly but surely see that.

“Winning games al­ways helps. I said that when he first came in with Kil­marnock and I will say it now. That’s two on the bounce and we will hope­fully go and get three and build for the play-offs in March.

“Th­ese two games are im­por­tant. Ob­vi­ously there have been a few calloffs, which hasn’t been ideal, but it’s up to the boys that are out there to take their chance.”

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Greg Tay­lor: Full con­fi­dence in Clarke

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