Darrell joined the club in time for the start of pre-season training in the summer of 2013, having left his position as manager of Salisbury City.
He joined Salisbury as a player in 2007, becoming player manager in 2010.
During his first season in charge, the club won promotion from the Southern League Premier Division, via the play offs.
His second season saw Salisbury progress through to the third round of the FA Cup, for the first time in the club’s history.
In 2012/13 Clarke led the club to Conference football, after again gaining promotion through the play offs.
His playing career began at Mansfield Town, where he progressed through the youth system and signed as a professional in 1995.
He went on to appear in 160 league games for the Stags, scoring 25 goals in the process.
He moved to Hartlepool in 2001, where he remained until the end of the 2006/07 season, scoring 19 goals in 127 league appearances.
Whilst at Victoria Park he made loan appearances for Stockport, Port Vale and Rochdale.
Following the appointment of John Ward as Director of Football, Darrell took over as manager and oversaw a victory in his first game in charge as Rovers beat Morecambe 1-0 at the Memorial Stadium on 29th March 2014.
He was in charge for the final eight games of the season but was unable to prevent the club dropping into non league football after an unbroken stint of 94 years as a Football League Club.
Over the course of that summer he began assembling a squad capable of challenging for a return to the Football League at the first attempt.
Ultimately, he was successful, and even though his side finished a point behind Vanarama Conference Champions Barnet they triumphed in the play offs, beating Forest Green Rovers in the two legged semi final and overcoming Grimsby Town after a penalty shootout in a tense Promotion Final at Wembley
He built on that success last season, by guiding the club to a second successive promotion thanks to a last day victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in front of a crowd of over 11,000 at The Memorial Stadium.
In guiding the team to promotion he became the first Bristol Rovers manager to achieve back to back promotions.
Head hunted by Leeds United in the summer of 2016 he accepted an offer of a new three year contract at The Memorial Stadium and is now looking forward to the challenge of being in charge for our first season back in League One.
Arguably one of the most stylish strikers to pull on a Rovers shirt in recent times, Marcus began his playing career with Rovers and went on to score 51 goals in 171 league appearances before a move to Huddersfield Town in 1996.
A move to Ipswich saw him appear in the Premiership and UEFA Cup and from Portman Road it was on to Sunderland where he scored 31 goals in 102 league appearances.
He moved back to Bristol in 2005, to Bristol City, and whilst at Ashton Gate he spent loan spells at Preston North End and Yeovil Town before joining the Glovers on a permanent basis.
In July 2008 he moved again, to Exeter City and during three years as a player at St James' Park he notched up the 250th league goal of his career.
His final game for the Grecians was a league match against Rovers, at the Memorial Stadium, in April 2011.
He had already undertaken coaching duties for Exeter and in 2012 he returned to Rovers as Development Coach, under Mark McGhee. He remained in that role when his former boss, John Ward, returned for a second spell in charge of the club.
Ward left Rovers in the summer of 2014 and Darrell Clarke moved quickly to appoint Marcus as his assistant, the announcement of his appointment being made on 1st July 2014.
First Team Coach