Lee Clark Surprisingly Sacked By Huddersfield

In a surprise move today,  Huddersfield Town have sacked their Geordie manager Lee Clark.

Lee Clark – while Huddersfield manager

Huddersfield lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield United last night in a key game, their first defeat in 10 league matches, and they slipped to 4th place in League One, and that was enough for the Huddersfield Board to take action.

Club chairman Dean Hoyle said this in a statement:

“This was a very difficult decision; one not taken lightly or in response to one result. Concerns have been raised over recent weeks.”

“Lee and his coaching staff have put their all into the job over the past three seasons and he has made a huge contribution to the club.”

“However with 16 matches to go we still have an opportunity to achieve promotion and we have made this change with this in mind.”

“Huddersfield Town would like to place on record its thanks to Lee and his coaching staff and wish them all the best for the future.”

Huddersfield have 55 points from their 30 league games,  and are 12 points behind leaders Charlton and are now 4 points behind Sheffield United in second place and an automatic promotion place.

Obviously if Huddersfield have had won the game last night,  they would have been in second place,  and above both Sheffield clubs, so this seems a rather like a knee jerk reaction to a difficult loss by the Huddersfield Chairman.

Huddersfield missed out on promotion last season, when they beaten by Peterborough in the play-offs,  and it seems like they don’t want to miss out again.

In their previous 10 games Huddersfield won four, and drew 5 and lost last night – so that’s 17 points out of a possible 30.

But Lee will have learned a lot from his time at Huddersfield, whom he joined in December of 2008,  and in 177 games as manager of the Yorkshire club,  he won 87, drew 51 and lost 39.

That’s a win percentage of just over 49% and a loss percentage of  around 22%.

That’s not a bad record at all,  and there are rumors that Clark is considering an unfair dismissal case via the League Managers’ Association.

And  it seems like a surprising sacking,  when Lee could have still had Huddersfield in an automatic promotion spot by the end of the season.

Clark has already said that his ambition is to one day manage his home town club Newcastle United, and this is a good start to his management career, and most managers get sacked  – it’s part of the territory – and Lee’s record is very good.

Wonder if Leeds United will try to hire him?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Bring him back to NUFC 🙂

    Can help out for the rest of the season.

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Strange choice!? I thought he was doing really well.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #3


    and we get accused of being deluded , what he has done there on his budget has been great, no its been fantastic,,

    good look clarky

    come and save us now

  • Dannyo

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Huddersfield fans seem content with the decision, atleast the majority… strange one this.

  • elpaso_geordie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Clarky has had big money for that level over the last few seasons , it was pretty poor last year that they didnt get promotion albeit a playoff final. He has had to sell their better players such as Pilkinton to Norwich and Peltier to Leciester although they kept Rhodes.
    Recently they have drew with MK Dons at home and then lost to Sheff Utd , KEY games for them this season and they cant afford to drop points against the teams fighting for promotion with them. The Huddersfield fans have been on his case for a month or so now.
    It seemed to the outsider he was doing a great job however they obviously think its as far as he can take them . They probably will regret this decision later , bit like us lot with a certain Sir Bobby Robson

  • Scottishtoon95

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #6

    wouldn’t be suprised if they brought warnock in, i’m under the impression they’re quite wealthy. correct me if i’m wrong. hope lee finds another good mangerial job, thought he was doing really well so this came as a bit of a shock.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #7

    i wonder what will be said if huddersfield dont get promoted also qpr and wolves if they get relegated no loyalty from chairmen managers or players in this modern game

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8
  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #9

    I had him down as a possibility to manage the Toon someday. That could be blown out the water now. It really depends on where he ends up. I’m sure he will have a number of clubs chasing his services but the next club he chooses must be the right one.

    Its amazing how quickly things change in football. It’s often about being in the right place at the right time. Let’s hope he’s successful at his next club and someday he may get that chance to manage the Toon one day.

    Mind, I never understand how he made the decision to play for the Mackems. I know it’s easy for me to say, but I don’t believe I could do it. In fact, I know I couldn’t. 😉

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #10


    That must be the reason. He has spent a hell of a lot of cash since being there (so I read recently). At the end of the day though, they are in touching distance of promotion again.

    But, who knows. There could be dressing room rumblings going on for all we know.

  • cjb_terrier

    Feb 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Hi Guys, Hudds Town fan here. Just been reading comments and thought i’d add something.

    Basically it seems to boil down to a few reasons why clarky has gone.

    Firstly he refuses to ever rule himself out of the running for other jobs ie Leeds and Leicester, yet other managers (Karl Robinson) have done. I’m guessing this has hurt our Chairmen considering the money he has invested. Secondly clarky has had a budget bigger than most teams in the championship, rumour has it clarky and his backroom staff cost more than most League 1 club squads, thirdly all may seem rosey to the outsiders but in actual fact his answer to everything is to sell and then buy. Tactically clark is awful, many games we have been overun in midfield yet we have over 9 midfielders in the squad-clarks answer is to put a defender and then a striker in midfield instead. He also seems to fall-out with players, Theo Robinson (Millwall), now banging the goals in there, Robbie Simpson (Oldham), player of the week every week for them.

    However the good points to clarky – what a hell of a passionate guy, he has a great eye for buying players and then turning them into £5m players. Pilkington, Peltier and now rhodes. So yes he is brilliant at that. He also plays good attacking football (season 1) however he then changed this to boring, dull draws.

    Another issue i think (which seems to be the main reason) is Lee Clark recent spoke about the Leeds job and basically read out his CV on TV and and Radio and this seems to have been the final straw.

    All this said i would be the first to thank him, wish him luck and buy the guy a pint. He has taken Town as far as he can though, he’s learnt and also made some mistakes, but everyone has to start somewhere. Thanks Lee and best of luck fella.

  • Doilatoon

    Feb 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Hire him in NUFC,he has just shown his skills in huddersfield…

  • veto

    Feb 15, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #13

    what do you mean their budget ? he’s had a fortune to play with and hasnt got them promoted in 3 seasons

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #14


    Clark is an outstanding manager and they were privilleged to have him.

    Are they expecting Fabio Capello to sign up to the job? Actually I hope he does because the bumbling Italian moron would give Huddersfield’s owners what they deserve-a reality check.

    Never mind Clarky lad there will be bigger fish already on the hunt for your signature.

    Future NUFC managing material through and through. 😀

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #15

    elpaso geordie>

    “it was pretty poor last year that they didnt get promotion albeit a playoff final”

    They went 46 games unbeaten last year. The 2nd highest unbeaten run in the history of the football league. What you talking about?

  • Jonty

    Feb 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope Huddersfield flunk promotion now.

  • martoon

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #17

    cjb_terrier – thanks that was a pretty good summary of your position.
    I should imagine people outside NUFC think Pardew is doing a pretty good job but there are plent of his critics on here!

  • mickg108

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Hope they dont get Promoted,Ungrateful twats.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Hmm read quite a few comments from Terriers fans and on the face of it the arguments seem plausible but when you stand back and look at the situation it smacks of impatience and over-expectation, which makes CH’s sacking look like an overdue kindness. The mention of boring scoreless draws tempering the longest winning run that places them within spitting distance of the championship is baffling – doesn’t this suggest that they have at least cultivated a solid defence? So they’ve spent a lot of cash,so what? he also seems to make saleable prospects of some players, and a promotion will recoup that no problem. You’ve run out of patience with your young manager, and can’t wait to see the season out in case you get another playoff heartbreak. Boo Hoo. Mark the date, this may haunt you come the season end, and even if you do get promoted, who’s to say that LC didn’t leave you the team to do it. Typical fan-frightened directors madness.

  • Minato

    Feb 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Poor move IMO. Wouldn’t be surprised if a move to a bigger club could have something to do with it as has been mentioned. Can see them tumbling down..


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