Darrell Clarke

  • Date Joined: 18th December 2020
I am a forward-thinking and highly ambitious UEFA Pro Licence qualified Manager who made the seamless transition into the managerial arena following an 18-year professional playing career of 482 appearances.

A dedicated and driven professional, I have contributed to tangible on-field success, including four promotions, despite operating on a limited budget through forging an unbreakable bond and team ethic at clubs.

I led from the front as a player and continues to do so as a Manager, I possess a proven track record in player development and talent identification and I have demonstrated the capacity to lead across all areas of training, match days and analysis.


“I knew Darrell Clarke for four years whilst he was employed in the role as First Team Manager at Bristol Rovers Football Club. During his time at the club, he achieved two promotions and is arguably the most successful manager in the club’s history. We have an excellent relationship with Darrell and would recommend him for any position within the game.” - Wael Al Quadi: Owner, Bristol Rovers FC

Key Transfers: Recorded a net profit in transfer fees at clubs managed, while contributing to tangible on-field success.

▪ Matt Taylor: Bristol Rovers FC to Bristol City FC
▪ Billy Bodin: Bristol Rovers FC to Preston North End FC
▪ Ellis Harrison: Bristol Rovers FC to Ipswich Town FC
▪ Matt Tubbs: Salisbury City FC to AFC Bournemouth
▪ George Dobson: Walsall FC to Sunderland AFC

Player Development: Have handed first team debuts to 16 players from Academy systems at Bristol Rovers FC and Walsall FC.

▪ Jake Clarke-Salter: Developed at Bristol Rovers FC after joining on loan from Chelsea FC.
England U21 international
▪ Oli McBurnie: Striker developed at Bristol Rovers FC after loan move from Swansea City AFC. Full
Scotland international
▪ Connor Roberts: Developed at Bristol Rovers FC after joining on loan from Swansea City AFC.
Full Wales international
▪ Tom Lockyer: Played over 200 games at Bristol Rovers FC, having broken into the side as a
teenager. Full Wales international

Media Experience:

▪ Have contributed to Sky Sports, BT Sport and EFL Quest as a pundit
▪ Sky Sports and BT Sport live match analyst for EFL fixtures and Play-Off Finals
▪ Provide insight on EFL Championship, League One and League Two highlights programme
▪ Conducted interviews with national newspapers and broadcast media
Darrell Clarke


  • Professional Footballers Association: Member

    Professional Footballers Association

  • LMA: Member


  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    Pro Licence

  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

  • UEFA: B Licence

    B Licence

Career History

  • Walsall FC

    Walsall FC
    Manager & Head of the Football Department
    2019 – Present

  • Bristol Rovers FC

    Bristol Rovers FC
    2014 – 2018

  • Bristol Rovers FC

    Bristol Rovers FC
    Assistant Manager
    2013 – 2014

  • Salisbury City FC

    Salisbury City FC
    2010 – 2013

  • Salisbury City FC

    Salisbury City FC
    Caretaker Manager
    2010 – 2010

  • Salisbury City FC

    Salisbury City FC
    2007 – 2013

  • Rochdale AFC

    Rochdale AFC
    2006 – 2006

  • Stockport County FC

    Stockport County FC
    2005 – 2005

  • Port Vale FC

    Port Vale FC
    2005 – 2005

  • Hartlepool United FC

    Hartlepool United FC
    2001 – 2007

  • Mansfield Town FC

    Mansfield Town FC
    1995 – 2001

Key Achievements

  • At Walsall FC achieved 2019/20 12th place in EFL League Two, nine points outside Play-Offs, prior to season prematurely ending due to Covid-19
  • At Walsall FC, oversaw a complete overhaul of playing squad, following 23 players released and dismantling of development squad
  • Bristol Rovers FC Managerial Record: Played 246, Won 104, Drew 56, Loss 86. Win % 42.3
  • At Bristol Rovers FC, attained highest points total within English Football League; 242 points after 138 games, over three seasons
  • Salisbury City FC Managerial Record: Played 157, Won 84, Drew 35, Loss 38. Win % 53.5
  • At Salisbury City FC, appointed Player/Manager at 32-years-old following double demotion for financial irregularities to the Southern League Premier Division
  • Have contributed to Sky Sports, BT Sport and EFL Quest as a pundit

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