Lee Cark Leaves Newcastle for Norwich


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.

It’s not too surprising that the switch has now been completed, because it’s just too good for young Clark to turn down.

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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 – 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 wouldn’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.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Absolutely gutted i am………………………….wish you the best Lee, hope u can manage us someday………………. 🙁

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    But i’m sure Sam will bring in a superb Reserve Coach, wonder who will it be ????

    Gary Speed anybody ?????

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  • TOONNUTTER

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    HOW ABOUT LITTLE SAMMY LEE

    JUST A THOUGHT

    BUT WOULD PREFER GARY SPEED

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  • TOONNUTTER

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    WOULD BE FUNNY WHEN BOLTON COME TO TOWN IF WE HAD EITHER SAMMY LEE OR GARY SPEED SITTING ON OUR BENCH.

    GARTSIDE FACE WOULD BE A PICTURE

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  • TOONNUTTER

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #5

    SORRY FORGOT

    GOODLUCK TO LEE CLARK AND GOOD LUCK TO GLEN
    HOPE THEY CAN ACHIEVE SOMETHING
    IE LIKE PLAYING SMOGGIES AND MACKEMS AND BEATEN THEM NEXT SEASON !!!

    HA HA

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  • Toon Chicken

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Catch ya after, Charver!

    Waah!

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  • Chris

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #7

    What’s wrang wi yees pansies?

    I know he’s a fellow goerdie but lets face it…..he couldn’t hack it in the premiership with the Toon…..I’ve met him a few times years ago and always thought he was as arrogant as Messrs Ted Bundy and Tory Blair…….

    Whats more…….our reserve record is pish!

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  • gordon

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Will not be hard to replace a very mediocre reserve team coach.

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  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Gordon & Chris you obviously know nowt about football. Lee Clark was very good player lacked a bit of pace but a good player. He is NUFC daft & will be a big success as a coach & eventually manager. I met him yeras ago & he was just a typical Geordie from Walker

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #10

    I RECKON LEE IS MAKING A BIG MISTAKE JOINING ROEDER AT NORWICH !!!! WITH ROEDERS RECORD HE WILL BE SACKED BY THE END OF SEASON….AND LEE WILL GET THE BOOT TOO – AND BE OUT OF WORK.

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  • Chris M

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Gordon – I hear ya brother!

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  • Chris M

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordiedoonsooth – aye and we all kna what folk from Walker are like big lad.
    If they aren’t nicking ye car, mugging old grannies outside cornershops or botting eachother……..blah blah blah

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  • Chris

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Geordiedoonsooth- Dont question his attitude towards the Toon. Its always been first rate. Would be great to have other so called stars playing with their heart on their sleeve. He played well for us on his return under souness (though that probably says exactly how crap we were at the time). And i grant you in second division era i watched him play outstanding every week home and away.

    However – he was too slow and thats why we sold him……and Gordon and Chris M are right he has not made a great reserve team manager.

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  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Nov 2, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #14

    A reserve team manager is meant to bring kids on & 1st teamers coming back from injury it’s not about winning games. An there’s nowt wrong with people from Walker I’m from there & I’ve never mugged a grannie in my life

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  • Leo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah we can get a better coach and the reserves have been doing badly.

    but come on you cant wish them to do badly at norwich…

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 2, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #16

    good luck to lee , always had time for us young uns pestering him for autographs back in the day, and has been a great servant to newcastle over the years , i dont think his story with the toon is at an end yet either .
    im sure his dream is to learn as much as he can , be a succses somewhere and come home and do well , here’s hoping the lad can grasp his dreams .

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  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 2, 2007 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Good luck to Lee at Norwich and hope he and Glen Roeder can steer them away from relegation this season.

    As for a replacement; Gary Speed would be excellent but he still wants to play. How about the young guy (ex-Newcastle Utd) who was sacked at Carlisle after a few games of the season; i.e. Neil MacDonald?

    If you want some one with passion, Gazza’s your man……

    Then there’s Alan Shearer, a legend!

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 3, 2007 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Really disappointed to see the back of him, but I reckin he has to go so he can come back. Would like to see him back with a bit more experience. This club is about local pride, and he had it in spades.
    He wont be long at Norwich Im afraid.

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  • George

    Nov 3, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #19

    A step up the ladder as far as position goes, but could be an enourmous step back in shaping his career. Especially when you look at what G Roeder has done at his previous clubs, but i wish him well.

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