Huddersfield Town chairman Hoyle defends sacking Clark


Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle has defended his decision to sack manager Lee Clark last week.

Clark's three-year tenure at the club ended with the Terriers fourth in the League One table.

Hoyle told BBC Radio Leeds: "I had lost faith in his ability to get the club into the top two.

"I had also lost the faith that in a play-off final he could do it. The pressure would maybe have been too much for him."

Clark, whose playing career included spells at Newcastle, Sunderland and Fulham, guided the club to last season's play-off final, where they were beaten 3-0 by Peterborough.

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I had lost faith in Clark - Hoyle

He presided over the longest unbeaten run in the club's history, which saw them go 43 regular season league matches without defeat - a Football League record - before

Two further defeats, including Clark's last match in charge - a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United - saw the gap to the automatic promotion places widen.

Hoyle added: "I fully expected us to have moved on this season, but from mid-December I just didn't see us doing it.

"This season so far we've drawn 13 games from winning positions and we've had continuous squad rotation and I voiced my concern to Lee and his staff well before we parted company.

"Maybe I made a few mistakes myself, I allowed too many players to come in but at the end of the day I sanctioned it and I'm not blaming anyone else.

"At the same time, Lee brought some incredibly talented and gifted players in - we've got an incredible squad now and I don't doubt that they can achieve promotion.

"I still believe we have the best squad of footballers in this division, and that's why third place, 13 points behind first and seven points behind second is just not acceptable."

Hoyle moved swiftly to replace Clark by appointing former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson on Monday.

"We needed to make a change and we needed to give ourselves the best opportunity with the right manager, and Simon's that man for me," he concluded.

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