Lee Clark Fired After Record-Breaking Spell with Huddersfield Town

S. GordonCorrespondent IIFebruary 18, 2012

Lee Clark given his marching orders
Lee Clark given his marching ordersDean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Lee Clark was fired in surprising fashion from Huddersfield Town with only 16 games remaining and sitting fourth in League One.

His last game in charge was a 1-0 loss against Sheffield United, and even though this was only his third loss in 53 games in charge, he found himself relieved on his duties immediately.

The former Newcastle, Fulham and Sunderland player took charge of the club in December 2009 and led the team to a very respectable ninth-place finish, a feat which was even more impressive as this was his first foray into management.

He went on to claim a playoff place in the next season coming up against a well-drilled Millwall side. They lost out, but Huddersfield had really made their mark on the league, playing some incredible football and had put every other team on alert for the upcoming season.

They took one more step in that following season and Lee Clark’s hard work had finally paid off, as Huddersfield found themselves in the playoff final. But they fell at the final hurdle and could not recreate the form that had won them a place in the final, losing 3-0 to Peterborough in a lacklustre display.

Clark had made a controversial decision to leave out leading scorer Jordan Rhodes, and opted for a one-man strike force and this inevitably ended up failing miserably against Peterborough.

Huddersfield Town managed to bring their league form into the next season and they broke a football league record, beating Notts County 2-1 to make it 43 games without defeat.

Things took a slight sour note for Clark and Huddersfield as they only managed to take 17 points from a possible 34 since the end November and now found themselves four points away from the Automatic promotion places.

The loss against Sheffield United seemed to be the last straw for Chairman Dean Hoyle and a two-minute phone call was all that was needed to end Lee Clark's tenure at the club.

Was Lee Clark’s firing justified? I personally don’t think so, but supporters of Huddersfield seem to be split by the decision.

Clark has already been linked with the Leeds job, which was recently vacated after the firing of Simon Grayson. Whatever club he ends up at, I can’t see him being out of management very long.