West Ham and Chelsea agree Clarke deal

Click to follow
The Independent Football

Chelsea and West Ham have reportedly reached an agreement over compensation for assistant coach Steve Clarke's move to the east London club. The deal is set to be announced later today.

Clarke, 45, had two years left on his contract as assistant manager at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea reportedly wanted £5m to allow him to move, but West Ham were unwilling to pay the fee. An agreement is said to have been reached at £1m compensation.

West Ham named Gianfranco Zola's as their new manager on Thursday. Clarke is being lined up as Zola's assistant manager - the pair know each other from their time at Chelsea together - Zola played for the club from 1996-2003.

Clarke joined Chelsea as a player in 1987 and retired in 1998. He was Rudd Gullit's assistant at Newcastle before returning to Chelsea becoming Jose Mourinho's assistant manager. He remained in the job during the reign of Mourinho, and his successor Avram Grant. Clarke's role was said to have diminished since Luiz Felipe Scolari took over at Stamford Bridge and he attempted to resign on Thursday, hoping to set up his West Ham move.