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Football comes first insists Clarke

27 September 2019

Club News

Football comes first insists Clarke

27 September 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke insists football is his number one priority and highlighted some of the sacrifices he’s made as a manager.

Clarke is enjoying life in the Midlands having moved to the area after taking up the role as Saddlers boss.


The Saddlers boss is putting in the hard hours to try and make Walsall successful and admitted his family life has taken a back seat.


"I put my heart and my soul into the job,” he said.


“Family comes second and football comes first, which is the way it is. 


"My wife's back home, she still has to work unfortunately. 


"I can't keep us both, she works very hard and I go back to see her at the weekend - I have a couple of daughters and a step-son as well. 


"My family life gets put second when I'm managing. 


“I’m thoroughly enjoying it. There's a real good feeling about the club, we're just desperate to keep doing well on the pitch.”


Clarke was also thankful to the Saddlers fans for their fantastic support so far this season and felt they played a crucial part in Walsall’s 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe on Saturday.


"I thought the atmosphere second half (against Scunthorpe), when the game wasn't really going anywhere, the fans getting behind the team and myself, that helps create the goal. 


"I think the fans have been really good.


“They cut me a bit of slack because we haven't started fantastically well.


"They like honesty, they like to know where you're going, I'll never shirk a question that's for sure and I'll make sure they feel part of the journey, we need them part of that journey.”

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