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?