News this morning that Fulham are ready to make a move for former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark.
Lee Clark – while Reserve team coach at Newcastle
They are reported to be ready to ask Huddersfield Town to let them talk to their impressive young manager.
Of course Lee played at Fulham from 1999 until 2005 and played 178 times for the London club and scored 22 goals before he rejoined Newcastle United.
Clark played at Fulham under former Newcastle manager and player Kevin Keegan, and is attached to the club, and this would be one terrific opportunity for Newcastle-born Clark.
Clark has done just great at Huddersfield Town by taking them to the League One play-offs and is rated one of the best emerging talents, and he has his teams play attacking football just like the great Kevin Keegan did.
Fulham are said to have a short-list of three, with former Charlton Athletic and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley and former Wales, Blackburn Rover and Manchester City manager Mark Hughes – so Lee is in good company.
Clark is even said to be the favorite and of course we’ve often said that if Lee makes a big success in management he could well be a former long term Newcastle manager – and he has already let anybody who will listen that that’s his ultimate goal in management.
The compensation that would be played to Huddersfield Town, should he be appointed at the London club, would be around £300K.
But Fulham have just received around £2.5M from Liverpool for Roy Hodgson and would be willing and able to pay for Clark.
Clark could start negotiations with Fulham within a couple of says and he would likely take some of his backroom staff, including former Newcastle United coaches Derek Fazackerley and Terry McDermott.
If Lee gets the Fulham job, that would be terrific and if does well at Fulham then it’s odds on that sometime in the future this lad will become manager at Newcastle, and if he does that – Newcastle fans can expect a good Newcastle attacking side under Lee Clark.