Blyth Spartans boss leaves by mutual consent with the club currently sitting second from bottom in the National League North table.
Lee Clark, former manager of Bury, Blackpool, Birmingham, Kilmarnock and Huddersfield, has left his position after a run after six straight defeats.
Club Statement: Lee Clark and Paul Stephenson
— Blyth Spartans (@Blyth_Spartans) March 4, 2020
The club statement read: “It is with regret that Blyth Spartans announce that manager Lee Clark and assistant Paul Stephenson have left the club by mutual consent.
“We would like to thank Lee and Paul for all their efforts and professionalism during their time at the club.
“Michael Nelson will take charge of team affairs for the remainder of this season.”
They have picked up just 23 points from 32 games, leaving them six points from safety and nine points clear of bottom side Bradford (Park Avenue), however teams around Blyth have games in hand.
LEE CLARK’S MANAGERIAL CAREER:
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: 15 December 2008 – 15 February 2012 (48.6 win %)
BIRMINGHAM CITY: 26 June 2012 – 20 October 2014 (29.2 win %)
BLACKPOOL: 30 October 2014 – 9 May 2015 (9.1 win %)
KILMARNOCK: 15 February 2016 – 15 February 2017 (23.8 win %) (Took to the 2016 Scottish Premiership playoffs)
BURY: 15 February 2017 – 30 October 2017 (27.3 win %)
BLYTH SPARTANS: 1 June 2019 – 4 March 2020 (19.4 win %)
HIS PLAYING CAREER:
NEWCASTLE UNITED (1990-97 & 05-06) (265 apps, 28 goals) – Won 1992-93 Football League First Division
SUNDERLAND (1997-99) (85 apps, 16 goals) – Won 1998-99 Football League First Division
FULHAM (1999-2005) (178 apps, 22 goals) – Won 2000-01 Football League First Division
Fans gave their reaction as the Blyth Spartans boss leaves by mutual consent…
I knew he wouldn't last the season….unlucky for blyth… should of never gone anywhere near him.
— Peo.?⚽? (@hpoolneil) March 4, 2020
Thank god for that! What a great 2 days, a trip to West Brom and victory yesterday followed by this news! ?
— Gary Smith (@geordiegaz83) March 4, 2020
That ended well ?
— Tom Hughes (@tomhughes359) March 4, 2020
— Isaac McCourt (@isaac_mccourt) March 4, 2020
— david charlton (@blythmag) March 4, 2020
Should be the chairman leaving not the manager, absolute parasite.
— Andrew Turnbull (@andrewjturnbull) March 4, 2020
His cv can't hide this fucking joke leaving them in such a peril should have left ages ago
— coach (@j202014_nathan) March 4, 2020
He should have gone much earlier! We are deep in relegation trouble, & those few teams possibly in reach of us, all have games in hand, most have 4 games in hand. I think you've left it too late to save this season. But I sincerely hope that I am wrong. #HowayBlyth
— Yes I'm a bit Geeky! ??⚒? (@YesImABitGeeky) March 4, 2020
— Peter Gallagher (@peter_gallagher) March 4, 2020
The only regret is he didn’t go earlier. I have nothing more to say…
— John Hague (@thedrunkbirder) March 4, 2020
Should have been gone ages ago. Shocking those clowns have kept him for so long
— Tom Evans (@Tom_Evans11) March 4, 2020
Can't help but feel Lee Clark was sold down the river, maybe should have had more knowledge of the level but was told he could survive on Northern League players in the NLN and we all know why he was told that.
All a cost cutting exercise.
Chairman will be delighted.
— ?Spennymoor FC – Kirk Merrington Branch? (@SpennyKM) March 4, 2020
Blyth have finally let Lee Clark go (ok, mutual decision). Probably a couple of months too late to save them. Even worse for his career though.
— Trevor Oakley (@TrevorOakley1) March 4, 2020