Clarke's skill as a goalscorer in his playing days
was unquestioned. His management ability had been tested as he dragged
Barnsley out of the Fourth Division and when Leeds approached him to
restore to Elland Road the glory days he'd known as a player, he siezed
the opportunity. In his first season, he managed to tighten up the defence
and maintain a modicum of respectability, ending up 9th in the table.
Unfortunately, the following year saw the defence leak goals and record
signing Peter Barnes fail to justify his fee, and after 16 years in the
top flight, Leeds were relegated and Clarke was sacked. He subsequently
managed Scunthorpe, Barnsley and Peterborough, but - other than an FA Cup
win over Leeds for Scunthorpe - enjoyed little success.