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The Weekend Managerial Turfection-Sunday

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Lee Clark

The News of the World today report that the Clarets could be interested in bringing current Huddersfield Town manager, Lee Clark to Turf Moor.

He is believed to be a good motivator playing stylish football. Clark has steered the League One club into the play-offs positions this season. The Terriers are currentlly in 5th spot and pushing for promotion to the Championship. Not bad for someone in his first year of management but does he have the necessary experience to lead a club two Leagues above him desperate to avoid a relegation battle?

Apparantly according to this font of all knowledge Burnley know they will struggle to attract a big name after losing Owen Coyle.

Lee Clark now 37 played for Newcastle United, Sunderland and Fulham before finishing his playing days with a second spell at St James Park.

He got on the management ladder by cutting his cloth as a first team coach and reserve team manager at Newcastle under Glenn Roeder. Roeder left Newcastle in November 2007 to became manager of Norwich City bringing Clark to Carrow Road as his assistant manager.

In December 2008, Clark was unveiled as the new manager of League One side Huddersfield Town after signing a three-and-a-half year contract.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 10 2010

Time: 8:46AM

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So why do the News of the World think we will struggle to attract a big name after losing Owen Coyle? I would have thought plenty of big name managers without a job at the moment would jump at the chance of leading a Prem League side assuming we could afford them
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10/01/2010 08:49:00

Any news yet on whether Sandy Stewart has officially gone to Bolton? If he does, and given that the manager formerly known as god is now known as Judas, would that make an assistant who followed him Judas Priest? Forgive me... I remain open to the idea of Sandy staying until that possibility is officially closed and at this stage wish him no ill will. As for the silly NoW nonsense that any 'big name' manager would turn down a job purely on the basis of what the former manager now known as Judas may or may not be saying is laughable. 'Big names' are big boys and will make their own minds up. Part of that process will of course include thinking about whether they want to manage a straightforward, honest and debt-free club. Some hyped up 'big names' in these hyped up times may indeed choose to follow the hype. So be it. Besides, is Coyle is a 'big name'? It wasn't two years ago, and is now may be up to being a 'middlish sort of fast-talking-but-do-you-know-what-he-means name'. One appearance on Question of Sport seems to have gone to his head.
Couch Potato
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10/01/2010 09:08:00

In support of NoW, which I don't like to do because it is full of s**t, a number of managers have ruled themselves out. None of these managers are what you would call a big name and without anybody registering an interest, big name or not, perhaps they are right?
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10/01/2010 09:17:00

www.bbcsport's gossip column says that NoW also says that the manger formerly known as god is keen to sign Eagles and Mears, and hijack the Wilshere loan. God, it is said, moves in mysterious ways. The manager formerly known as god seems, in sharp contrast, to be fairly predictable and lacking in vision. It's hard to imagine Wenger now trusting anything he might say about giving young Jack some playing time, especially not with 2 Arsenal/Bolton games coming up.
Couch Potato
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10/01/2010 09:21:00

That's a point well worth considering CC2. From my clearly biassed perspective, I would imagine that anyone who is interested in the job is keeping their views to themselves and talking with the club, their confidential advisers and any other folk with a legitimate link to what they are doing. Those manager show are publicly ruling themselves out are reassuring their current fans and getting the media off their backs, rather than saying anything about Bfc.
Couch Potato
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10/01/2010 09:27:00

The beauty parade looks grim thus far. Problem appears to be that most managers being touted have not been at their current clubs long enough to want to do the dirty on them. And nor should they. I believe the Board must be flexible in their thinking. If the long term option simply isn't there let's go for a proven fighter to concentrate solely on keeping us in the division. I foresee a battle between Sean O'Driscoll and Neil Warnock but it is hoped Alan Curbishley might be tempted into it.
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10/01/2010 10:10:00

Curbishley linked with QPR job today-QPR are set to make their 12th managerial change in four years this summer with Alan Curbishley or former boss Luigi De Canio in line to replace Paul Hart.(Mail on Sunday)
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10/01/2010 10:24:00

I would imagine a big name would be interested in the role at the Turf. As for Sean O'Driscoll, I like the football he plays, always have, but a criticism of my Donny supporting mates is that his tactics are often questionable.
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10/01/2010 10:41:00

I would be disappointed if QPR could attract Curbishley and we could not. You would hope the lure of premiership football is enough regardless of where we are in the country, unless of course he has family and they are dead set on staying round London.
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10/01/2010 10:45:00

It's a similar story re Coppell too. He would be our best bet in my opinion if we could tempt him up North
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10/01/2010 10:47:00

theres only one job lee would leave town for and that isnt burnley,he isnt even proven in league 1 anyway so i cant see this happening
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10/01/2010 10:56:00

I hope you are right terrier09, I think we need someone far more experienced at this critical time. Mind you I have given up taking the word of any manager after what Coyle did to us after his lies about loyalty and loving this club. If Lee is ambitious, I am sure he would come for talks if we wanted him to
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10/01/2010 11:02:00

Got Get Stan Ternent Back , i remember turfmanphil you seemed to think he was great when we had him! Lol, One thing for sure you wont be getting Lee Clark
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10/01/2010 13:12:00

What is all this talk about "big names" as if they guarentee success. Coyle was not a big name and he proved to be a successful Championship manager, will he be a successful Premier manager, who knows? Our next manager may not be a big name and we can only trust our top pair to find the right man. By the way the best manager I ever remember at turf moor was not a big name, Harry Potts, and what a team he created.
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10/01/2010 13:47:00

Dave Jones is my new no.1 shout! :-)
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10/01/2010 14:28:00

We are Big we will get someone with bigger loyalty and integrity than Judas
Grimsby Claret
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10/01/2010 16:45:00

How do we all feel about going for a manager who is currently under contract at another club ? Clark is doing well but still think we should be going for someone with a bit more experience. Still in the Keegan camp myself but have just realised that might mean he rings Derek Fazalazalackerly with him ! Oh well.
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10/01/2010 16:54:00

Clark is the new favourite. Laws is being widely tipped. Curbishley is meant to be signing Monday/Tuesday. I don't think anyone has the first clue what is going to happen. I still expect a rabbit out of the hat from Kilby. Incidentally Clark is another person I do not want.
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10/01/2010 17:01:00

My fear now Claude is that the latest development with Davis etc might force a panic appointment out of necessity to get someone installed. I'd put Brian Laws in that bracket but have full belief in Mr Kilby to take a long term view.
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10/01/2010 17:09:00

I agree with you there Rickers. I just hope and believe that Kilby will have the restraint to take his time and make the right appointment.
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10/01/2010 18:06:00

So after calling your manager a Judas, you would be happy to poach from another club, interesting strategy... Owen Coyle defo was good for you guys but he has taken a step up by going to Bolton who are an established PL side, even though Clark is the bookies favourite doesnt mean he will be coming, personally if i were you lot id be hoping for Paul Jewell
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10/01/2010 18:25:00

There is a difference Terrier, Coyle only made a sideways move to a club fighting to avoid relegation like us. If we were interested in Clark which I hope we are not,you have to admit it would be a great move for him moving two leagues up and who could blame him?
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10/01/2010 18:31:00

I doubt it as we would be meeting in the championship next season, so not really a step up for him
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10/01/2010 18:37:00

Nobody can say that with any certainty and if Clark was ambitious he would be willing to take the risk anyway and believe he could keep us up
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10/01/2010 18:48:00

Huddersfield will not be promoted. Leeds, Charlton and Norwich are 3 reasons why.
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10/01/2010 19:43:00

tend to agree with that Claude - although 1 of those will be stuck in the Playoffs and then it is a lottery
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10/01/2010 20:58:00

But the best team always prevails right? ;)
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10/01/2010 21:19:00


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