Lee Clark, who was born in Wallsend, and had the distinction of scoring a hat-trick for England schoolboys at Wembley in 1988, has come out today and praised the Newcastle coaching duo of Hughton and Calderwood.
Chris and Colin – magnificent job over summer
Lee has cited the magnificent job the two are doing in such difficult circumstances, and of course Lee is a fanatical Newcastle fan.
The Huddersfield manager gave praise to the two coaches, who have gone through hell and high water this summer, with Calderwood presumably still on a week by week contract he started in early July, when pre-season training started .
Clark said today:
“Chris and Colin have done a magnificent job to focus the players – and the players have to take credit as well.”
“With all that’s happening around the club, they have focused on the job in hand.”
“And they have got to do their job and hopefully get them back in the Premier League.”
Clark of course makes no secret of his love for the Newcastle club, and over a playing career that spanned 440 first class games and 60 goals, he had two spells at Newcastle, and in total played over 220 times for his home town club with 24 goals. He was capped 11 times by the England U21 side..
Lee had former Newcastle coaches Terry McDermott, Derek Fazackerley and Paul Stephenson in the dugout with him last night.
Obviously, we have a huge affinity with this football club. If we were going to get drawn away from home, then this is the one we wanted.”
“And when it happens, you want your team to produce a performance that is worthy of Huddersfield Town and makes people sit up and take notice.”
“I think we did that.”
Clark had said he had wanted to bring on 20 year-old striker Lee Novak, born and bred in Newcastle and a Newcastle fanatic (surprise, surprise), into the action from the subs’ bench but wasn’t able to:
“If I hadn’t had to make two substitutions for injuries, I would have been able to.”
That sounds almost like an excuse to Lee Novak, who no doubt would have loved to come on at St. James’ Park, but there again he may have scored. 😀
Well it was a great game, and everybody came out winners in the end, and Lee Clark did his management ambitions no harm at all, with the way his team played last night.
Seems like he learned a lot from Kevin Keegan.