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Darrell Clarke Under No Illusions as He is Officially Unveiled

Following his appointment as Walsall's new first-team manager, Darrell Clarke has officially been unveiled to the press and revealed what he hopes to achieve at Banks's Stadium, before revealing what drew him to the club.

41-year-old Clarke, who has managerial experience with the likes of Salisbury City and Bristol Rovers - both of whom he achieved promotion with - has been tasked with steadying an already sunken ship as he begins the job of rebuilding following our relegation from League One.

When asked what had attracted him to the role, the Mansfield-born former midfielder admitted that he had spoken to former Saddlers boss Dean Keates and current development coach, John Ward, whilst also taking a liking to the club's Essington Training Ground.

Darrell said; "I've had conversations with John Ward and Dean Smith as well and everyone's spoken highly of the people at the football club. The training facilities were a great pull for me to be honest because at Rovers I was used to one pitch.

"It's great to be working on good facilities, and we want to be producing our own players over the short-term and the long-term, and we want to be producing players that are entertaining to watch."

Clarke then went on to reveal that he had not been charged by the board with returning immediately to League One, with the newly-appointed boss admitting that he is in it for the long-haul, with a massive rebuild ahead.

Darrell added: "There's a lot of negativity at the minute, as there is at every club that's been relegated. It's a challenge I want to get my teeth into, it's going to be tough. It's a hell of a rebuild.

"I wouldn't have took it if it wasn't for the long haul and I'm under no illusions to understand how tough this job is going to be. We want to get promoted, I want to get promoted every year and that will never, ever change."

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