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Lee Clark moves back into management

10 months ago
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Former Newcastle star Lee Clark is back in management.

An official statement from Blyth Spartans on Saturday revealing the new appointment.

Having managed at a decent level in England and Scottish Premier League, it is a bit of a coup for Blyth to attract Lee Clark.

Hopefully it will be beneficial to both parties and the former Newcastle midfielder looks to be arriving at a time when the Spartans are on the up.

They finished sixth in National League North last season and missed out on promotion to the fifth tier in the play-offs.

Following their final game, manager Alun Armstrong opted to move to Darlington, who are also in that same division as Blyth Spartans.

Blyth Spartans official statement:

‘Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce the appointment of former England International and Newcastle United midfielder Lee Clark as their new first team manager.

Clark, 46, brings a wealth of Football League experience having previously managed Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Bury, whilst also managing Kilmarnock in Scotland

The midfielder made 528 appearances in his professional career, scoring 66 goals, most notably for Newcastle United, Sunderland and Fulham.

Clark’s first step into management was at Huddersfield Town in 2008 where he took the side the League One play-offs in back to back seasons.

During his four-year spell, he set a Football League record of 43 consecutive games undefeated – which still stands today.

And Clark, who has not managed since parting company with Bury in October 2017, is honoured to join Blyth.

“First and foremost, it’s football – I love it, I want to be on the grass,” said Blyth Spartans’ new manager.

“I’ve been too long out the game and an opportunity to be at home around my family at a great club with great tradition. When they contacted me and I was honoured.”

Blyth have called a press conference at Croft Park at 3pm on Monday.’

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