Sandy Clark

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Sandy Clark
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Personal information
Full nameAlexander Clark [1]
Date of birth (1956-10-28) 28 October 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth Airdrie, Scotland
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Queen of the South (assistant manager)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1974–1982 Airdrieonians 234 (92)
1982–1983 West Ham United 26 (7)
1983–1984 Rangers 62 (21)
1984–1989 Heart of Midlothian 136 (35)
1989–1990 Partick Thistle 3 (0)
1990 Dunfermline Athletic 4 (0)
Total465(155)
Teams managed
1989–1990 Partick Thistle
1993–1994 Heart of Midlothian
1996–1998 Hamilton Academical
1998–2001 St Johnstone
2004–2005 Berwick Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alexander "Sandy" Clark (born 28 October 1956 in Airdrie) is a Scottish professional football player and coach.

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Career

He played for several clubs in his playing career including his home town club Airdrieonians, Rangers, Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) and West Ham United. His longest and most successful spells were those at Tynecastle and Broomfield. In 1982, Clark won the Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

He has managed several clubs, including Partick Thistle, Hamilton Academical, Hearts (twice, once as caretaker), St Johnstone and Berwick Rangers.

His work with BBC Scotland previously included TV commentary, where he was the regular summariser to main commentator Rob MacLean. [2]

Clark was striker coach at Aberdeen. He left the club in May 2009 along with manager Jimmy Calderwood and assistant Jimmy Nicholl. In January 2010 he joined Kilmarnock as first team coach, working under the same management team until the end of the 2009–10 season. [3] Clark was a sports performance lecturer at Cumbernauld College after leaving Kilmarnock. [4]

Clark was appointed Queen of the South's assistant manager to Allan Johnston on 14 May 2012. [5] Johnston and Clark signed a one-year contract extension on 13 April 2013, [6] but then moved onto Kilmarnock as that club's new management team in June 2013. [7] [8] Clark left Kilmarnock in May 2014 [9] and was appointed assistant manager to Darren Young at Albion Rovers in June 2014. [10] At the end of the 2014–15 season, Clark departed Albion Rovers and was once again re-united with Allan Johnston, this time as assistant manager of Scottish Championship club Dunfermline Athletic. [11] Johnston and Clark departed the Pars during January 2019 [12] and returned to Dumfries club Queens for a second spell on 5 May 2019, after the departure of Gary Naysmith. Johnston and Clark have signed a two-year contract and will be in-charge for the Scottish Championship play-off matches versus Montrose. [13] On 16 April 2021, Johnston and Clark signed a contract extension to remain the Doonhamers management team until May 2023. [14]

Personal life

Sandy Clark is the father of Nicky Clark, who has also played for Rangers. [15]

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References

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  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. Barnes, John (26 May 2014). "Kilmarnock: Sandy Clark leaves role as assistant manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. "Darren Young replaces James Ward as Albion Rovers boss". BBC Sport. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  11. "Dunfermline to appoint Sandy Clark as assistant boss". The Courier. 27 May 2015. Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  12. "Dunfermline: Allan Johnston and club 'part company'". BBC Sport. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  13. "Queen of the South: Allan Johnston returns Palmerston Park as manager". BBC Sport. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  14. http://www.qosfc.com/news-5398
  15. "Nicky Clark: Rangers agree deal to sign Queen of the South striker". BBC Sport. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.