Steve Clarke, the coach of Scotland, Spain’s nearest rival in the Euro 2024 qualifying season, has agreed to renew his contract until 2026.
The Scottish Football Association (SFA) announced that Clarke, who played 11 times for Chelsea during his career, will be in charge at least until the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in Canada, the US and Mexico.
Clarke promoted Scotland to League A in the Nations League and also managed Scotland to qualify for Euro 2021, Scotland’s first major tournament in 20 years.
“I am proud to be able to lead the team in the next two rounds simply, and in the next Nations League. The group of players is essential for the team to improve day by day,” said the 55-year-old Scottish coach.
“The most important thing is that we know to keep the passion of the fans alive, and it is something that we have to do in the next months, and hopefully also at the Euro Cup in Germany in the summer of 2024,” he added.
For its part, the SFA explained that Clarke’s renewal was “one of the easiest decisions in recent times”, according to its chief executive, Ian Maxwell.