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Warm Welcome for Clarke

As he emerged from the tunnel it was interesting to see how Steve Clarke got a bigger, and better, ovation than Rafa Benitez.

But in the current climate that is hardly surprising is it.

Clarke, a Chelsea legend, may well have committed two cardinal sins in being involved with two of our biggest rivals, West Ham and Liverpool, but his feats and loyalty, as a player, after joining us from St Mirren have always endeared him to the Stamford Bridge support.

When asked about the warm reception he got, the modest Scot simply replied,

"Chelsea fans are always good to me. I`ve been back many times."

"They remember me. I was 12 years here a player, and eight as a coach."


Fond memories Steve, I wonder if Steve Clarke might, one day, get to sit in the home dugout again, this time as manager!




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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 3 2013

Time: 11:09AM

Your Comments

Clarke have been a good servant to the club, he did some amazing job under mourinho, and I strongly believe he was the brain behind the little success avram grant got when mourinho was fired.. A good manager with what we have been seeing from westbrom, a team that is solidly built and balanced, if lukaku wasn't our player we would have had our hands more full... He was really worth the warm reception.
Desmondadonis
A top player in his time for Chelsea,fully committed to the course and was part of that formidable Chelsea squad in 97/98 in his latter stage of his career(87-98 I think) that bagged the cup winners cup,Fa Cup,and league Cup as well. And was a great servant as a youth coach before joining Jose as an assistant. Like i say,if the Chelsea fans adore and Love you,you'll always remain in their hearts,but if they hate/dislike you...then they never forget. #Passion.
nelyvanile
@nely, been meaning to ask, how come that squad didn't win the league? From 1998-2003, I mean we have som amazing and talented footballers back then.
Desmondadonis
@Des. TBH 98 especially we had a pretty good chance of winning the league,we finished 4th the previous season(if my memory serves me right). We seemed dominant but a lot of draws were our undoing...We came 3rd in 98/99 just behind Arsenal(2nd) and Manutd (1st) losing just 3 games in the process,I could arguably say it was one of Zola's best season in a blue. ManUtd had a really strong squad filled with depth and Arsene had just assembled a talented bunch...So we were up against really quality side in Manutd and Arsenal Who would dominate that period in 1st and 2nd respectively,we finished just 4 points of the mark. 99/2000 wasn't too good as we finished in 5th behind Manutd(1st),Arsenal (2nd),Leeds (3rd),Liverpool(4th). We probably got crowded out with a lot of things happening off the pitch...We weren't as organized defensively as we were the season before with a few departures. A lot of it basically had to do with the strength of our opposition,we were pretty good in the cup games but couldn't transform that form to the league games. And we obviously know how dominant Arsenal were from 2001-2003. Like I said earlier our best chance of wining the league within the period you mentioned was the 98 season.
nelyvanile
A legend always remembered a well deserved reception.
Elbowz
The Blue nation know their own and we dont forget our legends..Best wishes to Steve with West Brom ..i doubt he will ever manage Chelsea FC as manager though as long as Roman is the owner..he simply does not fit the profile of manager Roman wants.
GabeU
@nely, thank u very much for that info, it has been one the most worrisome feelings I get when I see the golden moments and watch some games on CTV, I must say we were playing good football back then, pretty good football. Thank u for taking ur time to explain once again
Desmondadonis
It's amazing how 3 of jose's back room staff have gone on to be great managers, says a lot for his techniques.
Splint1976
 

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