Former Newcastle Player And Coach Gets Fired


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.

Huddersfield Town (1) v Sheffield Wednesday (0) - Lee Clark

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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97 comments so far

  • mecannylad

    Oct 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    I have read that the Sunderland players are considering reimbursing their 2,500 travelling fans following last Saturday’s sandalous showing at Southampton.
    It would apparently cost the first team squad £25,000 each. All of a sudden however it becomes ‘complicated’ to administer.
    It gets me thinking though about NUFC.
    Results are everything; and as well as awarding win bonuses perhaps Ashley should consider loss reductions in the players contracts.
    It would certainly concentrate their minds more !!! …. and we might see less dross dished up on the pitch.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Please no one start touting Clark for the Toon job

    Hes a geordie but he is not good enough at all

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  • nightfa11

    Oct 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #3

    i hope they hire pardew

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 20, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    i dont want clarke

    a very poor manager

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  • Graeme

    Oct 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Nightfall – hell, we should be so lucky lol

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  • Mint

    Oct 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #6

    mecannylad, thats a good idea, if you lose by more than 3, each player gets docked 10k for every goal therafter!

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  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #7

    SDJ back in a couple of months?? That sure doesn’t seem like a bargain anymore.

    Anyway, this manager (or another) must dig deep now to start getting results with the ‘heavy’ hitters. We’ve blown the ‘easy’ games, so if we are to survive (that’s all I want right now, till I see four oh points on the table!) we need to chase points at every game.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    I, and others, have been pessimistic for a while, given the quality of football. So a semi-positive post is good to write.

    Last game was better than some here claim, given the nervousness and some Leicester results (beat ManU, Stoke, drew Arsenal)…

    The lower table ‘league’ is between us, Sunderland, Leicester, Crystal P., WBA, Burnley and QPR. I have a suspicion that A.Villa will eventually be sucked in as well. So, take your pick!

    Good of MA to go in the changing room to celebrate. Come on, give credit where it’s due, it’s ok, don’t worry about the masses turning on you 🙂

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #9

    When manager has one win in 18 games at home stadium he must leave without assistance from the club’s hierarchy.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #10

    On wingers, I’d give Sameobi a chance as has been done for the umpteenth time for Obertan, of whom I am not a fan since I’ve never seen him actually dribble past a player. Like someone told me, the ‘modern’ game doesn’t need that and I grant him that (at least I understand where he’s coming from) but dam it it helps when you’re a winger 😉

    Still, congrats for the goal and the effort. PLEASE prove me wrong mate.

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  • mag92

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Another Calamity out of work!

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  • Belfast

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #12

    It was actually 1 home win in the last 24 home games.

    1 home win from October 2013.
    Truly awful stat.

    I know he hasn’t had any money to spend, but Hughton done a good job under the same circumstances before him.

    They’ve been awful his whole tenure to be honest.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Any wonder there’s so many empty seats at their home games lol

    Poor sods

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  • Graeme

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I think it would only be fair for us to rally round and supply Birmingham with a new Manager – I know a few would be upset seeing P45DUE leave, but it would be a magnanamous gesture from the Geordie supporters for a club in need, as Birmingham most surely are.

    Do you think we should also cover his airfare to Birmingham as well??

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #15

    cyprus

    You can’t be always wrong 🙂

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  • toonking

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Catchy
    so you would rather keep pardew in the job than bring in lee clark. that’s a first.

    if your just saying it because you want a quality manager then keep dreaming because that will not happen and the proof that will not happen is in the fact that ashley had decided to sack chris hughton when we were sitting in 10th place and keeps parjew whilst in a relegation battle that europa league season.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #17

    If Lee Ryder had his way Lee Clark would be our manager tomorrow going by his latest ramblings lol

    In fact he’s probably writing a new article right now.

    The FIVE reasons why Lee Clark should be the next Newcastle manager.

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  • toonking

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #18

    cyprus dribbling might be good to watch but the trouble with that is you need very good movement, speed and workrate. Our team has got very slow players and an awful defence, so if we lost the ball the issue now is that players are going to all have to run back up to try stopping the counter attack and also to allow the short passes.

    when a team plays with wingers it basically means he can be alone and put that cross into the box whilst the other winger and the fowards get on the end, Also the CAM will be their for the deflection and that allows all the defence to remain back.

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  • mag92

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #19

    It would be easier to find five reasons not to give him a call!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Saying that I would take Clark in midfield over Sissoko or Gouffran at the moment !!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #21

    The word that springs to mind reading some posts today is FICKLE

    One win and all is forgton, never mind it was another poor performance where the opposition had plenty of opportunity to draw the match and even win it.

    Yes yes the result was all that mattered but it’s one win in dozens, we haven’t turned a corner the players don’t look any better in organisation technique or set up.

    I won’t be congratulating either the players manager and definetley not the owner for going in the dressing room because that’s mighty big of him.

    It’ll take a lot more than 3points and another very poor performance for me to think any different towards Pardew, if I met him I’d say “About time” not “congratulations”

    Yes I am relieved in getting 3points but we’re still in the sh!t up to our necks and the tides still coming in.

    At this rate we’ll get 36 to 38 points at end of season but ye let’s give him another chance, maybe he can get to end of this season without another win to keep the give him a chance brigade happy!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #22

    i don’t know why some of you muppets keep moaning we are only 4 points behind man utd and they are in sixth place, and they are not exactly firing on all cylinders now are they, same for Liverpool come to think of it although they are jammy at the moment.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #23

    We have got our first win, see what happens this weekend we beat them last season at their place why can’t we do it again.

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  • Thump

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #24

    @mecannylad: I hope they do it, too. I don’t like Sunderland but I’d hate to be part of the travelling support, especially that distance, and being hammered.

    We thought it was bad for us at 4 but Sunderland always tries to find a way to one up us… haha.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #25

    welsh

    old monk lost the plat a bit yesterday

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #26

    @Welsh

    I love your optimism mate I would actually love us to beat Spurs again they have Europa league so may be sluggish

    Also Liverpool have us in between too hopeful spankings off Madrid so could be weak as well

    Just need Pardew to stop playing 3 defensive mids and Gouffran at home and we might have a chance

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #27

    beermonkey

    I don’t blame monk going off on one to be honest mate if i was him i would have done the same, stoke have always been a physical side dishing it out but yesterday they just went down like a bunch of muppets, like i said Moses went down to easily in my opinion i wish pulis was in charge didn’t he fine two of his own players for diving.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #28

    santonthenewmaldini

    You have got be optimistic supporting this team, I think i read somewhere that the protests were affecting the players, well if that’s the case no wonder we’ve been crap this season, what I’m trying to say is i don’t think the fans can have it both ways shouting and screaming at pardew and still want the team to win games, surely all the shouting would affect you if you are one of the players, i mean how can you 100 per cent concentrate on what you are doing it’s only going to make the players more nervous, just an opinion.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #29

    welsh

    I think pulis did fine one or 2 of his for diving
    you went get such things from mark hughs

    there is something I dislike about him not sure what

    mosses did go down to easy

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  • mag92

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Apparently the jamaican cricket team has found Ebola in the team also Ebatsman and Ewicket keeper!

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Welsh

    Muppet, good description of yourself!
    Was it the royal WE you where referring to?

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #32

    @Welshgeordie

    To an extent I agree but in the whole of 2014 I would say about 75% of the time he has had plenty of vocal backing off the fans and it has made no difference to the way we have played

    I just dont get why Pardew cant figure out how to set a team up he must be a combination of stupid , stubborn and arrogant because any blind person can see the way he sets us up does not work

    Would love to see how we train compared to Swansea who currently play football on another planet to us even Routledge who looked useless for the Toon but looks more than decent wonder how the likes of Cabella , Cisse and Perez would do in that type of pass and move philosophy

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  • mag92

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Mancs getting a slapping off WBA!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #34

    optimistic prime

    What’s the matter with you tonight, I wasn’t on about you.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #35

    I think one thing we should all keep in mind is that we’re arguing about an 18th place team. Every time we start to develop into an improving side Ashley sells a key player. The last one being Cabaye. Now we’re weak up top and weak at the back. That doesn’t look to change much either as Ashley just won’t spend enough. Yet if Ashley continues to dither we may go down. He’s pushing his luck to the limit again this season. I see no sign he has learned anything from 7 plus years of ownership.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #36

    mag92 – By gum you have some neck coming on here after being outed as a SMB

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Good comments to read. How we improve enough to avoid relegation with an idiot for an owner is my main concern. I don’t see us having the players to get far away from the bottom 3 at any point this season. Our backs are up against it for the next 2 games. Then it’s West Brom away and QPR at home. We need at least 4 points from those two games. It looks like an endless struggle to me. If the back 4 have a bad patch we just won’t get the points we need as we can barely score at all.

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  • mag92

    Oct 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #38

    We moan about Nufc look at the mancs spent zillions and they’re shite. Button mushroom Gary Neville is crying on sky!

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  • mag92

    Oct 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Jeffrey, just got up after robbing all night.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #40

    ManU aren’t even a shadow of their former team now. Astonishing how they’ve let it all fall apart at the back. No effort to try to bring in a decent CB in the summer. Strange behavior indeed from a former top club.

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