Lee Clark – New Arrivals at Newcastle Are Top Pedigree


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.

Comments welcome.



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147 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    One day he’ll be newcastle manager like, he seems like a proper top bloke!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Good words from Clarkie and he is doing a sterling job at Huddersfield.

    I would love to see him back in toon as manager one day – someone who really understands the passion and the people here.

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  • toon soldier 15

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d love to see him as manager now , but with pardew on a 5 year contract, i dont want to get rid of him and lose whatever stability we actually have

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    he will be manager one day. But only after Fat Mike has shipped out, he will never work under him

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  • Ian Magpie

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    I think he will make a cracking manager for us! The lad ouses passion and eats sleeps and bleeds Newcastle United! He is learning the game at a good level and is building a useful team at Hudersfield. Great to see an English manager doing well and just hope he gets a crack at the top level with us some time in the future!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    @4

    Wasn’t he here working for him when he was in charge of the reserves?

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    he left about 3-4 month after Ashley took control, which was before Ashley had shown his true colours. Lee Clark does not like the man

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  • G

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Always happy to see an ex-player doing well. I really hope the lad is a big success in his career, and stays with Huddersfield until he learns the ropes correctly. I would hate him to be the next ‘Paul Ince’ type manager, doing reasonably well at one club, then knacking it straight down the pan when a bigger job comes calling. So far, it looks like he is doing everything he should be well, he is respected by the players, fans, and the board at Town. Well done Clarkie.

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  • LisburnMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    What is the fixation with us having a geordie as manager? Someone who understands the needs and passion? What about managerial ability? ability to spot good talent? ability to bring through youngsters?
    Na, were newcastle united we only want geordies at our club!
    Someone please correct me if im wrong but is Sir Alex Ferguson not scottish? now my geography isnt fantastic but im pretty sure that scotland is infact nowhere near manchester? Im pretty sure he understands the passion of his club, plus hes won them the odd trophey or 2.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Im guessing you don’t come from the north-east LisburnMag?

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  • SirAlan

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    @9

    Who said, Lee Clark has to be our next manager or our next manager has to be a Geordie?

    Also, re. “What is the fixation with us having a geordie as manager? Someone who understands the needs and passion? What about managerial ability? ability to spot good talent? ability to bring through youngsters?” – Did Chris Hughton have these attributes – We took to him and welcomed him as one of our own!?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    @11

    Absolute load of unfounded tosh.

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  • LisburnMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    @stuart, nope im from northern ireland

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  • Stuart

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Thats as stupid as it gets like.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    SirAlan
    As good as it gets?

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    LisburnMag – if you had been following Clarky you would know that for hsi age, he has a LOT of managerial ability, knows the passion of the club, and plays the type of football that us Geordies love to watch. Clarky is a legend up here and has went away to lower leagues to prove himself and gain experience so that one day he can take over.

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  • LisburnMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    @12, yeah we did re hughton, only after months and months of abuse that he was the bumboy of the cockney mafia! if u remember right! results got him exepted

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Looks like another bitter article from a jaded fan to me.

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  • LisburnMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    I grew up watchin lee clark in probably the best newcastle team of my lifetime, i really hope he does well and if he turns out good enough id luv 2 see him manage us sumday. the point i was making is that there is some sort of fixation with having to have a geordie in charge, for watever reason….id just like to see the right manfor the job, wherever he may b from

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d like to see him as manager of the Toon one day I think he’s a top bloke and a good old Walker lad as well

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  • boater

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Lisburn Mag – I agree in a way, I hate all that geordie nation bollox. It has been more harmful than good – appointing players and managers should be based on merit and record in the cold light of day.

    Having said that hats off to Clarkie – Really respect how he has gone off to learn the ropes through the leagues, get his head down and not expect top league jobs cos of his name.

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  • LisburnMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    @ boater, yeah i agree, hes doin a real good job, and like all ex toon players/ some mangers lol, i wish him all the best and loosly follow how hes getting on.

    But ur spot on in my thinking of the geordie nation business…its been more harmful than good!

    Everyone knows that we have the most passionate support in the country, has something to to with being a 1 club city, and if any player or manger doesnt realise the passion of the newcastle fans they must be either blind, deaf, both or incredibly stupid….u dont have to be a born geordie to lead our great club with drive and enthusiasim and an understanding of the passion,
    you just have to be good at what we want you to do!

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  • Andy

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Not being Graeme souness also helps. Worst manager we’ve had in my time

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  • LisburnMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    @andy lmao yeah he was useless..
    but worst manager has to go to kenny dalglish! king kev handed him a team that was capabile of challenging man utd head on to win the league and he slowly but surely sold any1 who could actually play and replaced them with rubbish!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Big sam shite

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  • belfastoon

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #27

    @ LisburnMag

    I think you’re spot on about this about this obsession with having geordie managers or players. Surely everyone should favour a manager on merit, whether they are a geordie or not.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    @25

    I agree, Dalglish made some of the worst transfer decisions going.

    Barnes, Rush!?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Ruud was even worse than kenny

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    @26

    I dont think Sam got a fair crack of the whip to be fair to him

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Ozzie was shite roeder wasnt any good the list goes on

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    We played shite football under sam alot of shite signings aswell dont rate him

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  • Andy

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #33

    He did sign given and nobby so every cloud. But in the whole they were shocking and I agree he was bad but souness got rid of bellamy, my fav player at the time and sent Robert wild and into some male stripper

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Just thought i’d mention a certain GEORDIE manager who could have made us great again if the club had the vision at the time to stick with him. The late Great Sir Bobby, there is a lot to be said for the local hero, our greatest ever Striker was a Geordie. Like some of you say though you should be judged on merit, not where you were born.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Bobby did make us great again then souness made us shite again

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  • Andy

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Sir Bobby symbolized everything that was right about the game to me. Not only a great football man but a fantastic man

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Sir Bobby is a true legend who still influences the game today with two of the best managers around both learned from him

    Fantastic man

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  • LowFellMag

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m sure wed all want managers n players based on merit but local lads puts the icing on top imagine a team of geordies n a geordie manager winning the league haha I’d b bouncing man

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Sir Bobby was a great man and will always be in our hearts loved by everyone in the game and all those who follow the game

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 12, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #40

    The club really fu#*ed up when they gave Sir Bobby the push, A dark day in my life the day it happened.

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