Among the managers rated as \’one for the future’ in the lower leagues, there are few that get as much press as Huddersfield Town’s boss Lee Clark, who is only entering his third season in the coaching ranks.
Clark had an excellent pedigree as a player, making almost 500 appearances in the top two divisions for Newcastle, Sunderland and Fulham among others, and getting to the verge of the England senior squad at times, only to miss out narrowly.
Since the end of his playing days Clark, who it is worth remembering is still only 37, has built a burgeoning career as a coach and manager, starting out back in his back yard in Newcastle before spells at Norwich and now as the main man at the Galpharm Stadium.
Clark took over from Stan Ternent just before the midway point of the 2008-9 season and helped to guide them to ninth place, but things improved further last season and could well do the same again in 2010-11 according to nPower League one betting as they look for the promotion Terriers fans have been craving for years.
Huddersfield eventually finished last season in sixth place, securing a playoff berth with a 6-0 win over Stockport, but they were undone by eventual playoff winners Millwall after drawing 0-0 at home and losing 2-0 at The Den.
Home form has been impressive under Clark, with only three defeats at the Galpharm since he took over the job, one coming last season to eventual champions Norwich City.
The Terriers have a decent squad in place for the coming season, with new signings Scott Arfield, Joey Gudjonsson and Gary Naysmith all having pedigrees at higher levels, and they are well fancied in some corners to perform well in what will most likely be a tough division.
But will it be with Clark at the helm? Clubs have taken a look at him as far up the ladder as the Premier League, where he was to the fore in the market to be the next manager at one of his former clubs, Fulham, still looking for a manager since the departure of Roy Hodgson.
Elsewhere, it is worth taking a look at nPower League Two betting over the next couple of weeks to see who could be playing the likes of Huddersfield in League One next season.