Darrell Clarke appointed new Walsall manager
Clarke: "I am excited by the challenge that lies ahead. This is a great club and I can't wait to get my teeth into the task at hand."
Last Updated: 10/05/19 10:37am
Former Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has been appointed the new manager of Walsall.
Clarke replaces Dean Keates, who left the club in March, and has signed a three-year deal with the Saddlers who were recently relegated to Sky Bet League Two.
The Saddlers' 12-year stay in League One was ended last weekend after a poor run of form which saw them win just five league games since the end of October.
Clarke, who has also previously managed Salisbury, now faces the task of building for an immediate return to the third tier.
The 41-year-old told the club's website: "I can't wait to get started.
"I have spoken with members of the Board on a number of occasions and this is a project I am really looking forward to.
"I am excited by the challenge that lies ahead. This is a great club and I can't wait to get my teeth into the task at hand.
"The club have had a couple of disappointing seasons and we now find ourselves in League Two. I want to give these brilliant fans something to shout about, put a smile on their faces and give them a team that will give their all for the club and the badge.
"I like my teams to be on the front foot and play attractive, attacking football with the ability to adapt to different scenarios.
"I know all about the division we are in, I've had success at League Two level before and I want to bring the good times back. I will work tirelessly to achieve our shared goals."
Walsall chief executive Stefan Gamble hailed the 41-year-old's track record after he secured back-to-back promotions with Rovers.
He said: "Darrell arrives with an excellent track record.
"He's young and hungry but, at the same time, he has over 400 games under his belt as a manager. That is phenomenal for someone who is still so young.
"He has a clear vision for the football club that is shared by the board and I'm sure he will be well received by our supporters. We are all looking forward to working with Darrell in what I am sure will be an exciting chapter for Walsall football club."