Lee Clark has a little break these days, since he left the manager job at Huddersfield, and Lee will no doubt be at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, to watch his home town club take on the old enemy – Sunderland.
Lee Clark – while Huddersfield manager
Lee played for both Newcastle and Sunderland of course, before he moved to Fulham to finish his playing career in London.
And Clark started his management career in great style at Huddersfield, and had them 4th top of League One when they decided to sack him a few weeks ago, and it was a strange decision to a lot of us.
Lee is like any Newcastle-born lad and is up for the derby game on Sunday, and surely Newcastle can capture all 3 points and the double over Sunderland this season.
This what the former Newcastle United midfielder and coach said today:
“It does help a little bit to have a sprinkling of the local lads in the dressing room.” “But the players this week will realise as they are walking around the city and at the training ground with the supporters, who will be demanding that everybody is right at it and looking for the right result.”
“The manager has experienced these games and has two Geordie lads in John Carver and Steve Stone on the staff.” “They will be re-iterating all of that and the backroom staff is made up of Geordies and black-and-whites as well.”
“They will all be well aware of what is required.” “The managers may not be from this particular area but they will be aware of how important the game is to the clubs they are representing.” “Nobody is under any illusions of what the situation is or what’s required or expected.”
“Newcastle will be right up for it – and I think that Sunderland will too. Martin O’Neill has made a huge impact at Sunderland but he will have his lads up for it as well.” “They’ve had a little bit of a bum-smacking at West Brom.”
“I think it is going to be good for both teams really, because it’s not as if they are going to be coming into the game complacent.” “Newcastle will be disappointed after drawing at home and I’ve seen Alan Pardew’s quotes after being 2-0 up in the game against Wolves.”
“When Newcastle are 2-0 up they expect to win because of the form they have been in this season, with the exception of the Tottenham game.” “They’ll be hurting and certainly not complacent – they’ll take that into the motivation they will have anyway when it comes to winning the derby game.”
“I think the players that they have there now have been nothing short of magnificent this season.” “They’ve played across at the Stadium of Light already so they aren’t going in without derby experience.”
“There might be one or two like Papiss Cisse who will be experiencing his first one, but the rest will be up for it.” “It’s all about the fixture, most of them will know what it means and what is required.”
“All the Newcastle lads have got to do is continue what they’ve done for 95% of this season.” “There’s only a small percentage where they haven’t been at their best or come up a little bit short.”
“There was Spurs away and the second half against Wolves.” “But for most of the season they’ve been fantastic. They just need to continue in that way.”
Lee will be taking a little rest away from the game, maybe as long as until the summer, but we have no doubt he will be snapped up by some ambitious club, as he proved at Huddersfield that he’s not only a good coach, but a manager who can handle his players very well.
And the Newcastle lad will have learned from his three years and three months in charge of Huddersfield Town, and he had a great record there, having won 87 of 178 matches for a win rate of 49%, which is very good – and he lost only 40 games as Huddersfield manager.
Lee has already let it be known that his ambition in football management is to one day manage his home town club Newcastle United.
Hey – we have no problem with people who want to aim for the very top – go for it Lee. 😀