Exclusive – Steve Clarke says he would welcome talks with Fulham over manager’s job

first_imgSteve Clarke has told talkSPORT he would be open to an approach from Fulham to be their new manager.The former Chelsea defender, out of work since leaving West Brom in December 2013, is among a host of names being linked with the vacancy at Craven Cottage.Clarke insists he will not be contacting the Championship club to put himself forward for the job, which is vacant after Felix Magath’s sacking last week, but would welcome the chance to hold talks with owner Shahid Khan if Fulham make the first move.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Clarke said: “You have to sit down with people, you have to discuss what their plans for the club are. You have to tell them what your plans are, and from there you have to make a decision.“I like to sit down with people face to face. First of all they have to want me. They have to come to me.“Everybody knows I’m available. I don’t think there is a club in the country I would say no to. I would speak to them all and find out whether we are right for each other.”Clarke had been a frontrunner to take charge of Crystal Palace in the summer, before the Eagles gave the job to Neil Warnock for a second time.And the Scot admits he was disappointed not to have been given that opportunity after holding talks with Palace chairman Steve Parish.“Over the summer, I think I was quite close to getting the Crystal Palace job,” he said.“That was one that appealed to me because it was the chance to work in the Premier League again, which is a great league to work in. It is the highest level and it was a job I was really interested in.“It’s a club I think you can build. It’s a London-based club, it has got a great fan base, the crowd there are fantastic, and there is a decent squad of players which can survive and maybe do a bit better than that in the Premier League.”last_img

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