Clarke received encouragement from fellow Scot Lambert.
"Everyone knows you have to try to win more games than you lose, but he was only in the job for 18 months or something like that.
"I was surprised by it, probably like everyone else. I never saw that one coming.
"He is a good guy, Steve - I know him really well. I played with him up at St Mirren.
"I'm pretty sure he will come back stronger."
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball