League One side Huddersfield Town have appointed former Newcastle United player Lee Clark as their new manager. The 36 year old has been given a 3.5 year contract at the Galpharm Stadium, despite this being his first senior position in football.
Clark has been assistant manager at Norwich City and has appointed two assistants as part of his management team. Both have Newcastle backgrounds, with Derek Fazackerley acting as First Team Coach and Steve Black acting as their fitness coach. Huddersfield have had to pay an undisclosed compensation payment to the Canaries to release Clark from his contract at Carrow Road.
Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade's name had been on the rumourmill in connection with the Huddersfield post, but it is questionable as to whether he had any involvement. Certainly Slade himself stated that he had not heard anything from Huddersfield or the Yeovil board to suggest they held a tangible interest.
Looking around the other numerous vacancies at League One level, Carlisle United have filled theirs from within, with caretaker Greg Abbott quietly being shuffled in on an 18 month contract at Brunton Park.
Swindon Town and Crewe Alexandra are both still running on caretaker management, with Dave Byrne and Dario Gradi still clutching the reins, although neither are expected to assume the posts on a permanent basis. Crewe are currently 11 points from safety and Gradi's involvement has done little to turn around their fortunes so far.
Meanwhile Byrne probably isn't looking for a long stay as manager in the County Ground, calling his own supporters "idiots" and "doughnuts" for criticism regarding one of his substitutions, pointing out that the player concerned had gone down with cramp. Again, Swindon's sacking of former manager Maurice Malpas has done little for their fortunes so far, with the Wiltshire side currently merely a point above the relegation zone, and therefore also a point above the Glovers.
Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.
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