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Huddersfield chairman wants manager Lee Clark to stay

Dean Hoyle
Hoyle became majority shareholder and chairman of the club in June 2009

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle wants manager Lee Clark to sign a new deal.

Clark has 12 months remaining on his current contract, and the pair will sit down for talks after the play-offs.

Hoyle told BBC Radio Leeds: "He's proved his credentials this season - he'd like to stop at the club and we'd like him to stay.

"Regardless of whether it's League One or Championship football next season, we'd like Lee to continue his good work. We're relaxed about it."

Clark has guided the Terriers to the League One play-offs for the the second successive year.

They face Bournemouth in the semi-finals hoping to go one better than last season when they lost to Millwall at the same stage.

"On and off the field we're trying to push on, and Lee appreciates that," Hoyle added.

"The bottom line is that we have a good relationship - Lee knows my aspirations for the club and he wants to part of it with me.

"I can guarantee now that if we don't get promotion through the play-offs then Lee will be our manager next season - 100%.

If a big club ever came in for Lee, then we wouldn't stand in his way

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle

"It's what we want at Huddersfield. We've had too many managers in recent years and that can not be good for the club.

"What we need at Huddersfield is continuity and hopefully that will bring success for us."

However, Hoyle also insisted that should a club from a higher division come in with an offer for the former Norwich coach, then they would let him go, albeit reluctantly.

"If a big club ever came in for Lee, then we wouldn't stand in his way.

"You never stop progression from an individual, but Lee also likes what we're trying to achieve at Huddersfield."



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