If the media outlets are correct, Lee Clark will be confirmed as our new manager today or tomorrow. His name has been the favourite to replace Chris Hughton for a number of days so isn’t a surprise. However the pending announcement hasn’t created the same buzz as the appointment made this time last year.
I feel sorry for Lee. There have been some pretty negative comments about him already and he hasn’t even started yet. It can’t be easy succeeding probably the most popular manager we’ve had in recent years. Also his job will be made more difficult with the existing constraints of the transfer embargo, which surely put off other possible candidates. There are opinions that he didn’t do well at Huddersfield and questions over his style of play. The truth is, he will have a new set of players who probably are of a higher quality than he has before – so no one REALLY knows how we will play or how successful he will be until the season starts.
The other criticism, is that he is inexperienced with his work being in the lower levels of the league. While I understand that employing an inexperienced manager is a risk, I don’t see what else we could have done. There didn’t appear to be a long queue of people wanting to become our next manager, and we have to face the fact that we are where we are, (which no one really knows IS because of the secrecy of the board). There are a number of clubs that have employed inexperienced men who have benefited. Reading and Southampton spring to mind as two.
So I would like to welcome Lee, and I hope that with this set of players, he can bring some smiles back on the long suffering Bluenoses that support this great club of ours. I hope the fans get behind him and the side as we prepare for this season’s attempt at gaining promotion back to the top flight.
We will do a spotlight blog as and when Lee is appointed.