Newcastle United legend Lee Clark returns to management with Sudan club Al-Merrikh

Newcastle United legend Lee Clark is the new head coach of Sudan Premier League club Al-Merrikh SC.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 10:32 am
Newcastle United legend Lee Clark has become manager of Sudan club Al-Merrikh SC. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

The 48-year-old was confirmed as Red Devils boss late on Saturday evening, just hours after they sacked Nasreddine Nabi following their 0-0 CAF Champions League draw Simba SC.

Al-Merrikh are currently second in the league but have struggled in the Champions League – sitting bottom of their group after the opening three matches.

They are one of Sudan’s most successful clubs and are the current Sudan Premier League champions.

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Clark returns to management just over 12 months since leaving National League North side Blyth Spartans.

During that period, the former Magpies midfielder has been in a director of football role with ambitious non-league side Newcastle Blue Star.

Starting out at Huddersfield Town in 2008 – where his 43 league games unbeaten remains an EFL record, Clark has also managed at Birmingham City, Blackpool, Kilmarnock and Bury.