It has often been said that many football club owners don’t know what they’re doing – but the decision by Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle to sack manager Lee Clark really does take the biscuit.
For Clark and his coaching staff to be given the boot after losing just three times in 55 League matches is pure madness. His final match in charge – Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Sheffield United – still left Town in fourth placed and well placed to make amends for last season’s Play-Off Final by Peterbrough.
In my book Hoyle should face a charge of bringing the game into disrepute. At the very least he will have to defend a claim of unfair dismissal after bizarely axing Clark who earlier this season presided over Town’s completion of a 43 match unbeaten run, a Football League record.
“I am very perplexed as to why I was dismissed as manager of Huddersfield,” said Clark in a statement issued by the League Managers’ Association. “I’m extremely disappointed and shocked considering we’re in a great position to compete for automatic promotion.”