The Newcastle United club have just announced that Lee Clark, our Reserve Team Manager, has left Newcastle United to become assistant manager at Norwich City, and joins Glenn Roeder in his new venture in East Anglia.
Norwich appointed former Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder as manager earlier in the week, and Newcastle had already stated they would stand in the way of this opportunity for Lee.
Itâ€™s not too surprising that the switch has now been completed, because it’s just too good for young Clark to turn down.
Lee Clark – leaves home town club to join Glenn Roeder at Norwich City
Norwich City play Ipswich Town in the East Anglican derby on Sunday and Lee has joined Norwich on a two-and-a-half-year contract â€“ the same length of contract that Glenn signed earlier in the week.
Lee began his playing career with his home town club Newcastle United, making his debut in the 1990/91 season and then he left and played for Sunderland and then Fulham, before returning to Newcastle at the start of the 2005/06 season under then manager Graeme Souness.
Lee has made his career aims clear that he wants to become a manager, and this is just too good of an opportunity for him to miss. In total, Lee made 265 appearances for United and scored 28 goals.
Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort told nufc.co.uk this afternoon:
“We are delighted to see Lee’s career progressing.” “We thank him for his services and we wish him and Glenn all the best at Norwich City.”
Big Sam also offered his congratulations to Lee as he told nufc.co.uk:
“Lee’s a good lad, he’s been fantastic.” “He wants to move on and gain the experience to help him ultimately achieve his aim of becoming a manager one day.”“It’s a big step for him but I hope it goes well for him.”
We wish Lee the very best in his new capacity and wouldnâ€™t be at all surprised to see him back at some time in the future. Lee has already said that to eventually mange Newcastle United would be his dream come true. Anything is possible when you have the passion for the club that Lee has constantly shown over the years.
That does leave an opening in Sam’s coaching staff and we wonder who, if anybody, Sam will draft into the position of Reserve Team Manager. It will be interesting to see who replaces Lee.