News today that Leicester City want to interview Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark for their managerial vacancy.
Lee Clark with Glenn Roeder at Norwich City
Former Leicester City manager Martin O’Neill turned down the opportunity to manage at Leicester City again, after former England manager Sven Eriksson had been sacked for poor performance this season.
And the news is that the 39 year-old Geordie, whose ambition is to eventually manage his home town club, Newcastle United, seems next in line, and he’s now the bookie’s favorite.
Clark has been manager at the League One club since mid-December 2008, and in 162 games as manager he has won exactly half of them, 81, and so has a 50% win rate which is good.
Lee has drawn 45 and lost 36 of those other 81 games, and has Huddersfield in second place in League One, just 3 points behind Charlton Athletic, after just failing to be promoted last season.
And Huddersfield have lost just one of their last 40 games – and that was the play-off defeat against Peterborough last season.
Lee Clark is now favorite to join Leicester City, although he has said a few times he has no desire to leave Huddersfield, but this could be an excellent opportunity for the former Newcastle player and coach.
The rich Leicester City Thai owners will want instant results, so the job will be intense, but if he wants to manage Newcastle one day, he will need to get used to that intensity.
Lee has done very well in management, learning his trade at Newcastle and following Glenn Roeder to Norwich City, when Glen became manager there.
Lee has now been at Huddersfield Town almost three years and has done a great job there, and is showing all the characteristics of a good young manager in the making.
The Championship club are 14th in the Championship, with 19 points from 13 games, and they had hoped to quickly fill the vacancy by appointing O’Neill.
But it seems Martin wants to return to management with a Premier League side.
It will be interesting to see if Lee accepts the job, if it is offered to him.