Lee Clark, who is having a successful time managing Hudderfield Town, has talked to the local Newcastle press today.
Lee Clark – Huddersfield manager
Lee is learning his trade as a manager, and was a little unlucky not to get Huddersfield promoted last season.
The Terriers lost the playoff final to Peterborough by a score of 3-0, but all goals came very late in the game.
Lee talked about the current transfer season this summer and how Newcastle are doing:
“Of course what everyone is looking for is that striker to fill Andy Carroll’s shoes, and I’m sure Alan will be looking to do more business still.”
“The Newcastle fans love their strikers, and they will be waiting with anticipation to see what happens.”
“Hopefully Alan can continue what he started last season, and progress would be a top-10 finish and perhaps getting a European spot.”
“With Steve Bruce bringing in players at Sunderland, the two North-East teams have been among the busiest in the Premier League this summer.”
“The new arrivals have got top pedigrees, and while Alan Pardew has said that’s it’s not just about being a big player at Newcastle.”
“That’s because you have to be a big character to cope with all the facets of playing for the club, I’m sure he’ll have done his homework in that area.”
That last sentence is so true, but Alan Pardew seems to know that, and he is looking for the right characters, who can succeed at Newcastle.
Lee has made no secret of the fact that his ambition in management is to be in charge of his home town club.
And Clark has made a really good start to his management career at Hudderfield, and has already coached the Newcastle Reserve team on Tyneside.
If Lee can make progress with Hudderfield, and maybe even get them into the Premier League eventually, he will then be a prime candidate to take over at Newcastle.
Of course that’s a big ask, but he also seems to be a natural for management.
Lee has also learned a lot from Kevin Keegan, and has his sides playing entertaining and attacking football, as we witnessed almost two years ago in that thrilling 4-3 Newcastle win at St. James’ Park, over Huddersfield in the Carling Cup.
It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Lee will attain his dream, and eventually become manager of Newcastle.
And there’s plenty of time for Clark to do just that, since he’s still only 38 years old.