On Monday afternoon, the SFA announced Steve Clarke as the new Scotland manager.
The 55-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the national team and will be bidding to lead them to Euro 2020.
That can only be good news for Steven Gerrard.
✅ PFA Manager of the Year 2018-19
✅ SFWA Manager of the Year 2018-19
✅ SFWA Manager of the Year 2017-18
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) May 20, 2019
The Gers dropped a whopping ten points against Killie alone. When you consider the final gap between first and second was nine, Clarke had a major hand in ensuring the Gers came up short.
Clarke has done plenty of grumbling this season, but there’s no doubting his ability as a manager.
He’s done extremely well to guide Killie to third place and a Europa League spot, on a minimal budget. In fact, he’s completely turned around the Ayrshire club’s fortunes across less than two years in charge.
What’s more, he consistently got the better of Steven Gerrard this season.
Whether home or away, Gerrard failed to come up with a winning formula against that opposition in the league.
Now that Clarke’s left for the Scotland job, though, it’s likely that Killie will be less of a force next season.
It would be a major surprise if they were able to bring in a manager who could get similar results out of the current crop of players at Rugby Park.
After all, one player who contributed a lot to their relative success, Jordan Jones, is Ibrox-bound. Greg Stewart, who was pivotal to strong early season results at Rugby Park, could also be plying his trade at Rangers next season [Sky Sports].
Gerrard is highly a competitive individual, so it’s bound to sting that Clarke continually bested him. Going into next season, though, it’s something he no longer needs to worry about.