Lee Clark aims for immediate return to management after Huddersfield Town sacking

The 39-year-old boss is itching to take on "the right opportunity" but believes that his dismissal was harsh, arguing that the Yorkshire side will "100 per cent" go up this season

Lee Clark is “itching” for an immediate return to management after being sacked by Huddersfield Town earlier in February.

The young coach was dismissed by the League One club despite their position of fourth in the table and having masterminded a 43-match unbeaten league record that ended in November.

The 39-year-old was touted to take the previously vacant managerial position at Leeds United, before Neil Warnock was appointed.

“I’m going to be a manager again and ASAP basically. I’m ready to go,” Clark told TalkSPORT. “I’m 39 years old. I’ve got so much energy and so much enthusiasm.

“I’m going to wait until the right opportunity to comes around but, while I’m waiting, I’m going to be going out doing my management education and my coaching deduction.

“I’m going to go to clubs at home and abroad to watch different managers and coaches to see how they work, how they learn and prepare and keep on continuing to learn.”

Under Clark’s guidance, The Terriers tasted defeat just three times in the 55 games before his sacking and the former Newcastle and Sunderland midfielder remains adamant that his sacking was harsh.

“I received a call from the owner the morning after the game against Sheffield United and it was just to the point, really,” Clark explained.

“He said he didn’t believe I could deliver promotion and has subsequently been in the media to say that, which is something I dispute – and my view has been backed up by the new management team [led by Simon Grayson] since they’ve been there.

“I think it’s been thrown back there have been a lot of draws in there, which could be possibly right, but if you can’t win a game, make sure you don’t lose it.

“We always went out to win every football match, the players will say that. We created numerous chances and, certainly, on the evening before I got the sack, we played fantastically well and had our usual [at home] 23 or 24 attempts at goal and it just wasn’t to be that evening.

“"I tried to fight my corner, but the phone call didn’t last longer than two minutes and it went along the lines of ‘I’m letting you go and re-booting the management team.’

"I said I thought he was making a mistake because we had played very well [against Sheffield United]. He said he knew I would be disappointed and heard what I was saying, but that was basically the whole conversation and it went from there.”

Simon Grayson has since taken over the reins at Huddersfield and Clark remains convinced that the club will achieve their goal of promotion this season.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, Huddersfield will go up - 100 per cent,” he insisted.

“Hopefully it is in the top two after they play Yeovil on May 5 and I’ll raise a glass of champagne to celebrate or, if not, May 26 in the play-off final at Wembley and I’ll do exactly the same then because I’ve got lots of friends there.”