Lee Clark Favorite To Become Leicester City Manager


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.

Comments welcome.



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21 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Who Cares

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Lee would love to build his way for Newcastle job, I’d love to see him manager Leicester but would be sad for him to leave Huddersfield as he’s been top class.
    Future is bright for newcastle!!!

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    @indian
    All the nufc supporters care. Sweet jesus man, did people wake up with an “i hate everyone” attitude this morning?!
    He’s a geordie, a true newcastle man, and he’s doing great for himself and will manage the club you support one day.

    And @wwjbd and @tds last thread:
    Glad there’s someone with their screwd on the right way this morning, lol.

    @ross last thread:
    U said what i really wanted to say mate, i’m glad there’s others less diplomatic than me at times 😉

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  • geoff777

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    We do.

    Lee is a legend.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Dannyo

    WWJBD was being serious though. He actually hates HBA & Santon, and is less than impressed with Pardew choosing them over full back extraordinare Kadar, and midfield maestro Alan Smith.

    Probably.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    On topic, anyone who has the balls to wear that T-Shirt whilst under contract for Sunderland deserves ANY job they want.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    @tds
    Hehe, yeah well, typical old wwjbd. I hear he loves Ranger in every possible way 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha damn right. HBA and Santon are holding Smithy and Kadar back hahahahaha anyway lads am off have a good afternoon arguing about selling our top players 😀

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  • G

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Good luck with LC I say. He deserves a shot at a bigger job, given what he has achieved at HT. I would have far more respect for him though, if he stayed and finished what he started with Town, however, football isn’t like that any more, so fair play to him whatever he decides.

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Im at the open training session. Thousands here like. A lad who always goes to the games and has his face painted has been plucked from the crowd by Pardew and is taking part in the warm up and passing. Haha.

    The lad usually sits not far from me in the Gallowgate on matchday.

    Good interaction. Well done Pardew.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    @G
    Well, tbh, would be very interesting to see what LC does with a bigger Kitty. What type of players he buys, what style would he play. Is he a “one style type coach”, or can he adapt styles to suit the current crop of players.
    It’ll probably go a long way with defining and identifying himself with what type of coach he really is…

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  • UpTheRoad

    Oct 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Lee Clark shouldn’t leave Huddersfield, he’s doing a good job and he will get them promoted this season in my opinion. His players love him and by the sounds of it he loves them. Hope he does a Martinez and stays!

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  • sirtoongospel

    Oct 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Indian Magpie – every genuine NUFC supporter is interested. I look every week to see how he is doing, as there is a very real chance that he could be our boss in the future.

    You wouldn’t think so to listen to him but he has a superb understanding of the game. I wish him every success, and hope if he gets it, that Leicester don’t ruin him.

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  • NobbyC

    Oct 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14

    To Indian Magpie –

    I’ve read this blog for ages now and never posted. I’ve always read your comments and EVERY SINGLE ONE is an unintelligent, trolling , load of rubbish with no thought put into and has no real construction.

    This is my 1st and last comment on this blog so I’m not bothered if i’m barred from the site but I take no hesitation in telling you, by careful deduction, that you’re a fucking cunt. x x

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  • toonincheek

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    I reckon Lee should stay with Huddersfield.
    It takes time to build a team. He’s spent a couple of years doing that with Huddersfield , who are a big club (historically).
    Why start all over again with Leicester?
    He’ll have Huddersfield above Leicester soon, whoever they get as manager.

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  • blissna

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Nobbyc’s one and only post was an absolute belter.

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  • MightyMags

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #17

    reckons he should stay at huddersfield too!!

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  • Shorzy

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #18

    @ Nobbyc

    I just pissed meself ha ha

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  • ontariomag

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Nobbyc
    you made my day well said that man.
    I’ve followed Lee clark since he was captained England Schoolboys and cant wait until he takes the reins at the toon. But will let Pards lift the premiership title first 🙂

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Lee Clark is another Newcastle United legend who should never have been sold. Clark is a good manager and coach wii a good Geordie staff who he trusts. Take his lead off us, we’ve proved that good players don’t have to cost a fortune or be on silly wages.
    His football philosophy will bring him success and hopefully one day bring him home!

    He doesn’t want to end up like mrs Doubtfire jumping from club to club and ending up at the makems. Clark has already made that mistake, redeemed himself a little wii the SMB t-shirt. Lmao

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  • Robin_S

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Hope so as I’ve got £50 on at 7/1!

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