Steve Claridge
Steve
Claridge

Steve Claridge's third appointment into management came when he took over the vacant position at Millwall - a club he played for between 2001-2003. It is a club that knows him, and more importantly, a club that he knows, so as he said when appointed,

"Everyone at Millwall knows me and knows what to expect and I am now looking forward to getting started."

Following a long and varied playing career, Steve's forays into management first began when he took on the joint responsibility of becoming Pompey's player-manager following the controversial sacking of Tony Pullis early in the 2000/2001 season.

He was signed by the Fratton Park club at the beginning of the 1998-99 season from Wolves after making just a handful of appearances for Colin Lee's side although he had already made ten appearances for Portsmouth in January 1998 while on loan from Leicester.

His time at Portsmouth came to a sudden end, when he claimed he was kept in the dark when Graham Rix was appointed into his job. Though his time at Fratton Park was short - 23 games in total, it obviously gave him a taste for the managerial side of the game.

Whilst continuing with his playing career - one that has took in 13 league clubs over 20 years, he returned to management as he had a year in charge at non-league Weymouth - but was sacked in October 2004.

Approaching the final chapter of his playing career, Steve is a proven goalscorer, as Cambridge, Birmingham and Leicester fans would no doubt agree, and he can always be relied upon to pop up with a timely strike just when his team needs it most.

His greatest moment as a player was probably scoring the winning goal in the League Cup final replay in 1997, although his last minute Wembley play-off winner in the 1995/96 season must have pushed it close.

He is not an official member of the League Managers Association due to the fact that he is still a professional player. The Millwall fans will hope this wily veteran can turn his passion for the club and the game into success on the field, as they look to build upon the relative success of the previous couple of years under Dennis Wise.

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