Lee Clark knows what Newcastle United are capable of, when the right manager is in place.

A key member of Kevin Keegan’s team that went from fighting relegation to the third tier, to within a whisker of winning the Premier League, the former player knows that if the right man is backed at St James Park then the club can pick up great momentum.

The same happened with Sir Bobby Robson, Lee Clark watching on as a Newcastle fan then playing for Fulham, Sir Bobby having NUFC compete at the very top of the Premier League with finishes of fourth, third and fifth, as well as Champions League football.

Clark no regularly watches Newcastle since being sacked as Bury manager in October and like every fan knows: ‘The club has a world-class manager and he must be given the tools to kick on and work at the level he wants to take the club.’

He thinks Rafa Benitez has done a ‘tremendous’ job but if he is not supported in trying to realise the ambitions that both he and the Newcastle fans have, then Mike Ashley will end up driving him out of the club.

The former Newcastle midfielder thinks his old club will stay up but that this can’t be the limit of their ambitions, whilst he also hopes Saturday’s opponents will also survive.

Dean Hoyle gave Lee Clark his first job in football management back in 2008 and he believes he is a ‘magnificent owner’ but could be facing a battle to keep David Wagner, due to the job he has done at Huddersfield.

Lee Clark talking to The Star:

“If Huddersfield stay up, it will be an incredible achievement, and David Wagner will be one of the managers of the season, but the biggest problem for them will be that he is a man very much in demand.

“Dean Hoyle, who is a top guy and a magnificent owner has been fighting off bigger clubs for 18 months and it is only going to get harder.

“Like David Wagner, Rafa Benitez has been tremendous.

“Of course, fourth bottom isn’t what he’d have wanted back in August, while staying up is a cause for celebration in Huddersfield’s case.

“Knowing their [Huddersfield’s] owner and his ambitions, he’ll see that as the start of a journey but for Rafa…it’s imperative Newcastle break into the top ten and start challenging for Europe.

“The club has a world class manager and he must be given the tools to kick on and work at the level he wants to take the club.

Rafa wants Newcastle back to where they were under Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson and with his own background, he believes, quite rightly, that’s where he should be working.

“Newcastle will survive this year and I’m backing Huddersfield to do so as well, but then the two clubs have another battle on their hands holding on to their managers, and that’s one I want them to win too.”



  • Wor Lass

    How many more B-list talking heads are the Chronic going to wheel out to tell us something we all know?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      A lot

    • Ram Kishore

      Wdym that pal? I didn’t understand

  • Leazes.

    Will Ashley allow Rafa to build the squad?…….“He said he was hoping we’d stay up to then sell in the summer as he has no interest in the club and does not want to invest, saying this why we got loan signings last month.’….

    Ashley has left selfish money orientated accountant Charnley to run things and only steps in to disapprove of purchases, and hasn’t been seen since Staveley was here.

    Rafa is not building the squad and has not improved it…. Pardew had a better squad and a higher squad value and languished in a better position….’languished’ being correct phrase!

    Will Benitez stay…. don’t be daft he’s getting £6m a season for nowt, and he’ll stay as long as this nonsense goes on! Ashley doesn’t have to do anything to string him along.

    Will the crowds dip as realisation sets in….yes. but the demise of our neighbours will see our crowds boosted by wandering soccer fans. so will Ashley be persuaded to sell…. no…..

    …..Because we are locked into this perpetual catch 22 situation…. too many fans will always fill a stadium this size allowing the club to be run as a failure.

    Running the club as a failure is the easy way out….the lazy way, this is how it has been run for my lifetime. Why do anything or appease anyone when you don’t have to?

    More of the same?

    • Mrkgw

      They say that Charnley was a Newcastle supporter before his move into the boardroom. It makes worse, the fact that he sees this as an acceptable way to operate. Of course, his hands are to much an extent tied by Ashley but how much of this misery is down to Charnley looking to impress the boss?

      • Leazes.

        Charnley was born on the Wirral and is a odds on a Liverpool fan that is if he likes football at all. He worked in the United office as backroom staff and resided at the modest Rosebud Close, Gateshead, before impressing Ashley with his lack of football knowledge and a discussion about the film ‘Moneyball’ whist p*ssed out of his skull.

        • Mrkgw

          You learn something everyday. I wrongly assumed that he was a northerner or, Geordie who had been a lifelong supporter. I have never heard him speak and therefore wonder whether he has any voice at all. They do say that despite his misdoings at Newcastle that he is a nice bloke. Debatable.

    • Jezza

      I agree with everything you said but for the comments on Rafa. He is earning his money. Keeping this woefully inadequate squad in the Premiership is certainly not nowt. Yes he is on £6 million a year but there are any number of top clubs here and across the rest of Europe who would gladly pay him the same amount. I do believe he will be off in the summer and who can blame him. He deserves better than this shambles of a club.

      • Leazes.

        Bet you a virtual million quid he’s still here/.

        • Rich Lawson

          Will you be paying that in Bit coins ?

    • Ram Kishore

      I don’t it is only me or others too..
      But whenever I read Leazes comments, I feel some sort profound dislike that’s is waiting to burn Ashley is waiting inside Leazes😂😂

    • Rich Lawson

      I’d be curious how any new managerial contract talks go in the summer. Don’t underestimate Ashley’s ability to fk a good thing up ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Fat lad will be quaking in his boots with all the warnings he`s getting

  • Wezza147

    If history is anything to go buy MA will not take a blind bit of notice to all of these warnings. All he wants is more TV money to pocket.

    • Jezza

      “All he wants is more TV money to pocket.”

      That is simply not true. He also wants to pocket the Lascelles and Mitrovic transfer fees.