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Monday 28 July 2014

United States brought second chance in football for Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke
Colin Clarke of Northern Ireland and Edhino Ibra of Brazil...12 Jun 1986:  Colin Clarke (left) of Northern Ireland takes on Edhino Ibra of Brazil during the World Cup match at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. Brazil won the match 3-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Billy  Stickland/Allsport...S
Colin Clarke of Northern Ireland and Edhino Ibra of Brazil...12 Jun 1986: Colin Clarke (left) of Northern Ireland takes on Edhino Ibra of Brazil during the World Cup match at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. Brazil won the match 3-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/Allsport...S
Colin Clarke

In the land of opportunity, former Northern Ireland leading goalscorer turned head coach Colin Clarke has made the most of his second chance in football.

Invited over to the United States by a pal after going through a divorce, Newry-born Clarke, who as a player performed for Portsmouth, QPR and Southampton, never intended staying for the long term.

Yet 18 years on, Clarke has managed six clubs in north America, including MLS giants Dallas, and also enjoyed a stint as the national team boss of Puerto Ric

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