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Lee Clark pays tribute to Huddersfield Town owner Hoyle

Lee Clark

Manager Lee Clark has paid tribute to Huddersfield Town owner and chairman Dean Hoyle after the club reached the League One play-off final.

The Yorkshire side beat Bournemouth 4-2 on penalties at the Galpharm Stadium after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate after extra time.

Clark told BBC Radio Leeds: "The owner [Hoyle] is a magnificent man and has always backed me here.

"He's lead by example and brought togetherness to this club."

Clark added: "My biggest fear was letting Dean down by losing this game. He has done so much for this club.

"Our relationship is more than just owner and manager, it's a true friendship that will last forever. I will never take that for granted and want to bring him and the club more success.

Huddersfield will now face either Peterborough or MK Dons in the Old Trafford final on Sunday, 29 May. Those two clubs meet on Thursday night in their semi-final second leg at London Road, with the Dons leading 3-2.

Last season Town were dumped out of the play-offs by Millwall at the semi-final stage.

Clark admitted then that his team had suffered due to a lack of experience and mental strength.

Twelve months on, Clark pinpointed mental strength as the reason why this time around his players managed to book their place in the final.

He explained: "The players developed again. I'm so proud of them and to be their manager. They really deserve this. I love them to bits.

"I hope my managerial career will last a long time, but whether I get a group of players like this lot again I'm not too sure.

"We still have a big job to do in winning the final, but tonight is my best night in football, including my playing days."

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