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Steve Clarke extends contract with Scotland until 2026

Scotland manager Steve Clarke has extended his contract with the national team until 2026.

The 59-year-old took charge in May 2019 and subsequently led them to the 2020 European Championship – their first major tournament in 20 years.

They crashed out unceremoniously after failing to win any of their games. Scotland drew with England but lost against Czech Republic and Croatia.

Clark will be in charge of the team until the end of the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

He said (via the Scottish FA website): “I am proud that my coaching team and I will continue to lead the team through the next two qualifying campaigns, as well as Nations League Group A

“Being able to do so is a testament to the squad of players who have been central to our improvement.”

Scotland start their 2024 European Championship qualifying campaign by welcoming Cyprus and Spain to Hampden Park over the next few days.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said the association was excited to move forward with Clarke.

He wished him and the team the best ahead of the double-header over the coming days.

Maxwell noted that despite failing to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the promotion to Group A in the Nations League was a sign of progress.

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