Publication date: 27 October 2016
The precocious teenager fulfilled a lifetime ambition to pull on the famous black and white jersey of Newcastle United but the dream turned into a nightmare under Kenny Dalglish’s repressive regime. Unable to win a place in the side, Pottery Bank’s finest then committed the ultimate Geordie sin and defected to Sunderland.
As the Black Cats’ record signing, he captured the hearts of the Mackem faithful before shattering it by donning a ‘controversial t-shirt’ undermining his new club. After being exiled to a six-year stretch at Fulham the popular Geordie returned to his old stomping ground to round up a memorable playing career at St James’ Park.
Controversy followed Clark into coaching and management. A brief spell at Norwich; a record breaking 43 game unbeaten run at Huddersfield; a repressive stint at Birmingham and a doomed tenure at Blackpool, all par for the course. Scottish Premier League outfit, Kilmarnock, has offered a way back into management and Clark now embarks on a new challenge.
His story is explosive, provocative and hilarious in equal measures, revealing how an emotional, cheeky chappie with a volatile temper evolved into one of football’s most respected and promising young managers.