Thursday, June 28, 2012

Out with the old (boy), in with the old (boy)

Congratulations to Lee Clark, back in work at Birmingham following his sacking by Huddersfield in February. He's stepped into the shoes of ex-Toon boss Chris Hughton, who left to join Norwich, and has wasted no time installing his familiar backroom team of Terry Mac and Derek Fazackerley.

Clark inherits a difficult situation at St Andrews, with Blues having been placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League for failing to submit their accounts on time. Jordan Mutch has already been sold off to raise funds, Ben Foster looks to be on his way to West Midlands rivals West Brom, and Nathan Redmond, Jack Butland and Curtis Davies are all potentially bankable assets. Clark faces a tough task in trying to repeat Hughton's feat of a play-off berth - perhaps a season of consolidation both on and off the pitch is a more realistic target.

Update: It seems the news of Clark's appointment was broken in a rather unusual way...

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