As a player, Lee Clark started his career at Newcastle United and, in 1993, he was part of the Newcastle side promoted to the Premier League and helped them finish second two seasons in a row. He then moved to Sunderland, in 1997, and was part of the side promoted to the Premier League in 1999 with a, then, professional league record of 105 points.
Clark then moved south to join Fulham in 1999 where he collected another Division One title medal in 2001. In 2004, he helped Fulham secure what was, at the time, their highest final position of ninth in the top flight. Leaving Fulham, in 2005, Clark returned north to Newcastle, coaching and playing on a month-by-month contract.
On 1st June 2006, Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder appointed Clark as a first team coach and as reserve team manager. In November 2007, he left his post at Newcastle to re-join Roeder at Championship side Norwich City as assistant manager.
In December 2008, Clark was unveiled as the new manager of Huddersfield Town where he would go on to lead the club to a ninth-place finish in League One, in the 2008-09 season. Then, in his first full season, Clark led Huddersfield to the Play-offs where his side narrowly missed out in the semis to eventual winners Millwall. Remarkably, Clark won the Manager of the Month award three times in 2009-10.
Clark would, once again, improve his side's league position the following campaign, as Huddersfield finished 3rd in nPower League One. He led his men on a remarkable club record 27 game unbeaten run, at the end of the season, just missing out on automatic promotion. After finishing third, Huddersfield then reached the Play-off final only to miss out on a place in the Championship to Peterborough.
In 2011-12, Clark created English football history as Huddersfield set a record for unbeaten matches in the nPower Football League, surpassing the 42 unbeaten matches set by the Nottingham Forest side managed by the great Brian Clough in 1977-1978. Despite his successes with the club, Huddersfield parted company with Lee, in February 2012 whilst they were in strong contention for promotion by being just four points off the automatic places.
Later, in his first campaign in charge at St Andrews, he guided Birmingham City to a 12th place finish in the Championship. In 2013-14, he secured their Championship status on the final day of the season and he remained with the Midlands club until October 2014 before joining Blackpool that same month.
His time at Bloomfield Road was tough for the new Shakers manager with off-field problems effecting all aspects of the club. Following the Seasiders relegation from the Championship, it came as no surprise to see Lee Clark resign from his position and leave Blackpool, who continued in their now well documented problems.
Lee took over the role of Manager at Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock in February 2016 and he spent exactly a year with Killie before the Shakers paid an undisclosed compensation package to Kilmarnock to secure his services as the new manager at Gigg Lane. Clark’s first game, in charge of Bury, was on 18th February 2017 at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, which saw the Shakers claim a narrow 2-1 victory.
Lee Clark Related News
Clark: Let's have a really good go at it20 June 2017
“I cannot manage the odds that the bookies are setting against us, that’s something that has no interest to me, I’m not a betting man anyway, but I can manage the expectation amongst the fans – and I want that expectation to be high.
Clark: We don’t need to sell James Vaughan19 June 2017
A key asset to the Shakers going into the 2017/18 season is obviously striker James Vaughan following his 24 goals last season, and, whilst Lee Clark admitted that bids had been rejected for his prize asset, his plans are very much for Vaughan to be a major part of his side going into the new campaign