Clark named Blues boss

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Lee Clark (pictured) will replace Chris Hughton as manager
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Lee Clark (pictured) will replace Chris Hughton as manager

Former Huddersfield boss Lee Clark has been confirmed as the new manager of Birmingham.

The 39-year-old has been appointed at the npower Championship club after impressing in two rounds of interviews as acting chairman Peter Pannu sought a successor to Chris Hughton, who departed St Andrew's for Norwich almost three weeks ago. The length of Clark's contract was not disclosed.

Pannu said: "I was impressed by Lee's tenacity, zest and his ambition. He is enthused by the challenge ahead and is determined to make Birmingham City a real force in the npower Championship this season. Judging from his record at Huddersfield, I know he has the capability to do exactly that."

He added: "The shortlist of four, out of the 22 applicants, that we put together meant that the appointment of Lee Clark was carefully studied and was a thorough and informed decision by the board. I now expect the fans to give him their full support."

Clark's assistant manager at St Andrew's will be Terry McDermott - also his number two at Huddersfield - while the new man also hopes to bring in Derek Fazackerley as first-team coach.

Clark told the club's official website, www.bcfc.com: "This is a big, big club as I know from whenever I've been fortunate enough to be here as a player or as a member of the opposition coaching staff.

"The passion and drive of the fans is superb and when you walk around and see the facilities and the stadium then you know that this is a Premier League club in waiting.

"It will be a big test but that's just the expectation of myself and my staff.

"Looking at the basis of the squad, there's a great mixture of experienced players who are still hungry to be successful and young players who are still learning the game but are exciting.

"One thing that I'll be bringing with me is the work ethic, the desire, the passion that I have for the game and I will strive every day to make the club better."

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