Lee Clark was appointed
as Norwich City's Assistant Manager on 2nd November 2007 after
Glenn Roeder persuaded him to leave Newcastle,
where he was reserve team manager. and join City.
Clark began his career at Newcastle in 1990 and became a huge
hero to the St James' faithful during his first seven-year spell
there. He made 193 appearances for United scoring twenty three
goals. He then made the rare move to local neighbours and bitter
rivals Sunderland although, after 74 appearances, his career on
Wearside came to an end after he wore a derogatory T-shirt at
the 1999 FA Cup final.
He moved south to Fulham, playing almost 150 games before being
allowed to leave at the end of 2005, turning up at St James Park
again as a player under Graeme Souness' management.
When Roeder replaced Souness at the helm of Newcastle United.
Clark was drafted into the coaching side eventually becoming reserve
Sam Allardyce sent Lee his blessing saying Lee's a good
lad, he's been fantastic. He wants to move on and gain the experience
to help him ultimately achieve his aim of becoming a manager one
day. It's a big step for him but I hope it goes well for him.
In Novemebr 2008, Lee was linked with the vacant manager's position
at Carlisle United, following the departure of John Ward. At the
end of November, it was reported by The People that Lee
had been interviewed for the managerial position at Huddersfield.
This rumour proved true with Clark taking up the Huddersfield
manager's position on 10th December 2008 once the Canaries and
the Terriers had agreed compensation.
Glenn Roeder said he was not surprised at Clark's rapid progress
from player, to coach and now potentially to his first managerial
role: "I always knew from day one when I first appointed
Lee as Reserve Team Coach at Newcastle how ambitious he was to
become a manager one day, probably sooner rather than later. At
that stage he was just completing his A licence and today he's
just about to complete his pro licence, which hes been doing with
the Northern Ireland FA. So today's news about Lee joining Huddersfield
as their new manager has really come as no surprise to me. I feel
he has enough experience to be his own man now and he goes with
my best wishes and a big thanks for the part he played last year
in helping the Club to secure its Championship status."
After two consecutive seasons where Huddersfield reached the
League One play-offs, Clark was highly rated as a manager and
was linked in October 2011 with the vacancy at Leicester City
whose big-spending manager Sven Goran-Eriksson was sacked after
his team lost heavily to Millwall.
On 19th November 2011, Clark's Huddersfield set a new Football
League record by going 43 games unbeaten when they defeated Notts
County 2-1 despite having striker Alan
Lee sent off. The Terriers had matched Nottingham Forest's
Football League record of 42 games unbeaten when they drew with
Walsall two weeks previously. This latest result leaves them just
six short of matching Arsenal's English record of 49 league games
unbeaten, which included going the whole of the 2003-04 Premier
League season without defeat
On 15th February 2012, Huddersfield sacked Clark and his coaching
staff despite the Terriers sitting in fourth place in League One.
"I am very perplexed as to why I was dismissed as manager
of Huddersfield," said Clark in a statement issued by
the League Managers' Association. "I'm extremely disappointed
and shocked considering we're in a great position to compete for
automatic promotion." Supposedly relations between the
board and the manager had turned sour in previous months despite
the Terriers' good form
Lee was quickly linked to the vacant Norwich position following
Paul Lambert's departure to join Aston
Villa at the beginning of June 2012. Instead he was appointed
as Birmingham manager on 26th June 2012, replacing Chris
Hughton who had joined Norwich. Clark has appointed Terry
McDermott as his assistant manager and is also hoping to bring
in Derek Fazackerley as first-team coach. McDermott and Fazackerley
left in February 2014 when Clark appointed his former Newcastle
teammate Steve Watson as assistant.
On 20th October 2014 Clark and Watson were sacked by Birmingham
with the club lying in 21st place in the Championship. Thye had
won only one home game since October 2013.
Clark wasn't out of work for long as he was appointed Blackpool
manager on 30th Octobe 2014 on a one year rolling deal. "The
main objective is to try and keep the club in the Championship
and build from there. It is a big challenge because of our position
in the league, but it's a challenge that can be overcome.I'm very
confident with the players I've got here, in what we can do going
forward, that we can achieve those goals." said Clark.
"We needed someone with experience of the Championship
and that's what Lee brings to the club," said chairman
Karl Oyston. "Lee's done remarkably well in a difficult
background at Birmingham.
"We needed someone to come in and organise us properly and
bring in the structure, approach and positivity that we've been
Unfortunately Clark could not save Blackpool and they were the
first team in the Football League to be relegated when they went
down on 6th April 2015 folloiwng a win by fellow strugglers Rotherham
against Brighton. Clark left the club at the end of the season.
In October 2015, Clark was linked with the managerial vacancy
at Doncaster Rovers.
On 15th February 2016, Clark was appointed manager of Scottish side Kilmarnock replacing Gary Locke.
Clark quit Kilmarnock on 15th February 2017 to take charge at League One side Bury replacing Chris Brass. "Lee is someone who I have followed through his playing and managerial career," said Shakers chairman Stewart Day. "I firmly believe that Lee is the right man and he has an enthusiasm and passionate desire to take this club forward. I was overwhelmed with his knowledge of the club and the contacts he has in the game and how he believes in what we can achieve together." Clark had won 10 of his 44 games at Kilmarnock. Assistant Lee McCulloch will become interim manager of Kilmarnock, with Peter Leven as his No.2. Clark won his first game with Bury - a 2-1 away win at Chesterfield.
Clark was sacked as Bury manager on 30th October 2017. The Shakers' defeat to Doncaster on 28th October was Bury's fourth successive defeat, leaving them 23rd in the League One table with 12 points from 16 games.Clark won only nine of his 33 games as Shakers boss
On 1st June 2019, Clark was appointed manager of National League North side Blyth Spartans. Clark said "I've been too long out the game and it's an opportunity to be at home around my family at a great club with great tradition. When they contacted me I was honoured."
He left Blyth by mutual consent,along with his assistant Paul Stephenson on 4th March 2020 and was replaced by Michael Nelson. The Spartans were second bottom of the table at the time with Clark's requirement to build the squad from scratch being unsuccessful.