Former Newcastle Coach To Be Named Birmingham Manager


It seems that Birmingham City have a Newcastle United connection. The Championship club  appointed former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton as their manager last summer, and Chris took the plum job of Norwich City manager a few weeks ago, replacing Paul Lambert, who went to Aston Villa.

Lee Clark – while at Huddersfield Town

And news reports are now suggesting that former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark, the former Huddersfield Town manager, will be named as the new manager of  Birmingham City in the next 24 hours.

Le is now 39, and did an outstanding job at Huddersfield, after he was Assistant manager with former Newcastle manager Glen Roeder at Norwich City.

But Lee was surprisingly fired earlier this year in February, and the previously sacked Leeds United United manager Simon Grayson took over.

Simon guided them to promotion from League One by winning the play-off for the third promotion place, when they beat Sheffield United 8-7 on penalties, after the game had ended 0-0 after extra time.

This is really a step up for the Wallsend-born manager, who played 214 times for Newcastle with 23 goals in two spells with his home-town club – from 1991 through 1997 and then from 2005-2006.

Lee is said to be signing a rolling yearly contract with Birmingham City, after he has been assured that transfers in the summer will be possible.

Birmingham filed their financial accounts late and missed the March 1st deadline, and had a transfer embargo imposed on them at the time until further notice, but Clark has been assured the limitation on transfers will be lifted.

A Birmingham statement at that time read as follows:

“Birmingham City Football Club can confirm that it has been made subject to a transfer embargo by the Football League. This is due to not hitting a 1 March 2012 deadline for submission of the company’s June 2011 financial statements to the League.”

It remains to be seen if Birmingham are out of the woods yet, regarding their financial problems, with Chairman Carson Yeung  still facing charges of money-laundering in Hong Kong.

We wish Lee all the very best in his new management position – he may need some luck and good fortune.

Lee’s record at Huddersfield was outstanding, and in 178 games he managed, the Terriers won 87, drew 51 and lost only 40, for a win percentage of 48.9, and a loss percentage of only 22.5.

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102 comments so far

  • The Boy

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Congrats to lee clark welcome to the party

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Deserves it

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  • super magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Well done lee, good luck at the brum, just a shame their owner and Mcleish Fcuked things up badly for them. Feel sorry for the fans because they didnt even spend that much and their key players are leaving fast.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #4

    any 1 heard WHU may buy Nthan redmond for 1 million only, any 1 fancy him

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    @Indian

    I’d take him in a heartbeat m8, cracking player for his age

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Indian….I think he’s worth a £1m gamble for sure.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Not really indian no denying hes a good looking lad but just not my type

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #8

    @ toonarmydownsouth

    so whats your type then ? 🙂

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  • Spellcheck

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Is the real Indian in the house… as surely e would’ve posted 1st hey hey hey? Good luck Lee Clark!!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #10

    TADS,

    as a player for NUFC

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #11

    U should maybe give Xisco a call 😉

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Capital I and a Capital M

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Big pappa same as every1s type yohan!

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  • super magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah Ibiza

    Heard many endings, some worse than others. Didn’t want to put such thoughts into people’s head. I mean who would want to imagine Ashley on his knees’s and then having to…

    Do The truffle shuffle 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Is anyone else slightly concerned that wor Yo might feel the need to leave Newcastle due to the unusual sexual tension amongst the crowd at SJP?

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley on his knees and then having to pretend it was a Bratwurst

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #17

    The truffle shuffle? Is that similar to the macarena?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Super magpie Sky should apply that rule to fatt le tisser would love to see jeff shouting your not coming in to do the truffle shuffle!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza pls tell me you know what the truffle shuffle is!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Is it anything like the harlem shuffle?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21
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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Brb….just off for a quick lesson on the truffle shuffle.

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #23

    HEY YOU GUYS !

    we signed any players yet ffs

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Completely unrelated but we’re not gettin alvaro morata, would of loved to have seen him at sjp. Mourinho is considerin calling him up to the first team so no dice 🙁

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Wow so not only do rangers not have a league they aint gonna have any players left either! How does a club get THAT fcuked??

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  • super magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza

    Can’t believe you didnt know what the truffle shuffle is!
    You’ve obviously never seen the goonies.

    I mean how degrading for Ashley having to do the truffle shuffle to get de jong to sign for us. The things this man does for Newcastle.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Also ibiza i wouldnt worry to much about Yo im sure hes used to it!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #28

    OK, I think it’s best we keep big Mike away from such activities. Could send the planet spiraling towards the sun 🙂

    Am I to assume I should watch the whole film at some point? Have I missed an important part of life? Do you think that by watching the Goonies I may understand Ketsbaia’s views? Is this the missing piece guys?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Super magpie thats nothing mate cabaye made ashley do the dance from the end of dodgeball before he would sign

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m sure Ash has done worse for less 🙂

    You’re probably right, dreamboat must be used to it by know.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza every1 should watch the goonies atleast 5 times……. Each year

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  • super magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #32

    You can try but I don’t Think there’s a way to understand.
    WHY CAN’T WE UNDERSTAND YOU KETSBAIA!!!!!
    IT’S OK WE WILL HELP YOU IF YOU TELL US WHY!!!

    WHY, KETSBAIA, WHY ????
    DONT DO THIS TO US!!!!!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #33

    His milkshake brings all the boys to the park and there life is better than yours, damn right, it’s better than yours, Mike could teach you, but he’ll definitely charge!

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #34

    The longer we go without signing somebody i would consider doing some unspeakable things if it meant we would sign Debuchy like 🙂

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  • super magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Atleats give us a clue, come on don’t be scared.

    I’ve watched the goonies probably more than all the films I’ve saw except for a odd couple. You should watch it Ibiza, maybe your the only one who can save us.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #36

    The +ve is

    in next few weeks we could have
    a) signings in and out
    b) preseason confirmations
    c) kits release

    all in a small time

    its like a toffee witha load of punch

    Here’s for 1 hoping

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #37

    * Ketsbaia can’t come to the blog right now, he’s currently away in delusionalville on a top scouting mission to unearth some of the planets top talent – please leave your message here and he’ll be sure to get back to you with some b*ll*cks once he returns with the Spanish and German national teams*

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  • nufc786

    Jun 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Superman and Spiderman wear Cheik Tiote pyjamas to bed

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Indian…Seeing as our pre season starts in a few weeks, let’s hope so!

    Super Mag and Tads…I accept the mission and will make up for lost time and watch goonies 125 times in a row. Then I hope to end this madness. See you in about a week.

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  • nufc786

    Jun 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #40

    guys your banter is great

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