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Walsall defender Gary Liddle praises manager's commitment

By Liam Keen | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall defender Gary Liddle has praised manager Darrell Clarke for his commitment to the club after the boss moved to the Black Country.

Callum Cockerill-Mollett and Gary Liddle are all smiles at the final whistle

Clarke, who previously managed Bristol Rovers, has a wife and children still living in the south.

But the 41-year-old, who took the Walsall job in the summer, says he's settled at the club, living in Lichfield away from his family.

"I'm settled, I rent a place in Lichfield with one of my assistants. Which is not good for him, he'll probably need counselling at the end of the season," Clarke joked.

"But I'm enjoying the job, I really am.

"I knew it was going to be a tough, tough, tough challenge to get it where we need to start getting it towards.

"I'm thoroughly enjoying it, some good people at the club, board members, new chairman coming in - and the old chairman as well, I got on great with Jeff.

"It's a real good feeling about the club, we're just desperate to keep doing well on the pitch for them.

"My wife's back home, she still has to work unfortunately.

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"I can't keep us both, she works very hard and I go back to see her at the weekend - I have a couple of daughters and a step-son as well.

"My family life gets put second when I'm managing.

"I put my heart and my soul into the job, rightly so, family comes second and football comes first, which is the way it is.

"Unfortunately for my family that's just the way it is."

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And Liddle says that proves Clarke's commitment to the role as he puts his "heart and soul" into the job.

He added: “I’ve known Darrell since I was 20-years-old when I joined Hartlepool where he was a player at the time.

"Unfortunately he didn’t last too long, he got shipped out on loan for six months at Rochdale.

"I’ve been away with him a few times, followed his career and I was buzzing when he took the plunge into management and I always knew he’d have a great career doing that.

"He wants what’s best for this football club, he puts the hours in and probably spends all his time in Walsall.

"He lives down on the coast and probably doesn’t get home as much as he likes but that’s Darrell for you.

"He’s put his heart and soul into this football club."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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