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Hart appoints Clarke as Portsmouth’s new Chief Scout

Yesterday, Portsmouth appointed Ray Clarke as their new chief scout.

Clarke replaces outgoing scout Ian Broomfield, who left to link-up with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

During his playing career, Clarke played for a number of high-profile clubs, including Tottenham, Ajax and Newcastle United.

Since retiring, the 56-year-old has worked as a scout, previously under manager Gordon Strachan at both Southampton and Celtic.

Upon his arrival, manager Paul Hart was delighted to bring Clarke’s experience to the club.

Hart said: “Ray is a fantastic appointment and I’m really pleased to bring him here.”

Clarke is now looking forward to the experience of working in the Premier League.

He said: “I got a call asking if I’d be interested in coming to work for a Premier League club and obviously I said yes.

“I came down to meet with the manager and the chief executive and everything was agreed.

“It’s been a hectic period with the transfer window closing. I started work last week and managed to have a bit of an input.

“I’ve been very impressed with the club. It’s a friendly place and everyone’s been first class. There’s no doom and gloom at all.”

Clarke told the club’s official website how he knew some people at the club already, including David Coles from their time at Southampton together.

He said: “I actually worked with goalkeeping coach David Coles at Southampton. I should probably apologise for working there!”

His experience at Southampton and Celtic could prove to be vital, after all, how many young players were brought in through their academy that went on to do well in football?

Hopefully Mr. Clarke will be able to identify some unearthed gems for Portsmouth, as the club aim to work on a new limited budget.

Clarke in his playing days for Ajax - pictured as the player wearing his Manchester United scarf

Clarke in his playing days for Ajax - pictured as the player wearing his Manchester United scarf (second from right)

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