News today that 41-year-old Lee Clark has been fired as the Birmingham City manager, after Lee had just one win in the last 18 matches at St. Andrews, and his assistant Steve Watson, another former Newcastle player, is also leaving the club.
Lee Clark – fired as Birmingham manager
Birmingham are currently 21st in the Championship table, and for the second season running are in a relegation fight.
This is what Birmingham City have put out in a statement:
“Birmingham City Football Club has parted company with Lee Clark and Steve Watson with immediate effect.
“The search for a successor has already begun and the board will look to make an appointment in the very near future.”
Clark arrived at Birmingham in June of 2012 after being fired by Huddersfield in the previous February, after being at the Terriers since December, 2008 and brough them some success.
Lee showed a lot of promise as a coach and was the Newcastle Reserves coach before leaving the club in November 2007, to become assistant manager to Glenn Roeder at Championship club Norwich City.
But it seems Lee has lost his way a bit in the last year or so, although he was given very little money to spend by Birmingham.
Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton could be a candidate for the Birmingham job, after he took the Blues to a 4th placed finish in the Championship in 2012.
They qualified for the play-offs, but they lost 3-2 over the two legs of the semi final against Blackpool – who then lost to West Ham in the final at Wembley.
Chris is in demand, and is said to be close to getting the Fulham job.
Lee Clark will likely take a little break from the game before getting back into management again .
It was difficult for Lee at Birmingham, because they have been so short of cash, after former owner Carson Yeung was jailed for six years by a Hong Kong court for money laundering earlier this year.
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