Lee Clark has revealed it is his ‘dream’ to manage Newcastle United - and that he believes they are one of the best run clubs in the Premier League under Mike Ashley’s stewardship.
Former Magpies midfielder Clark resigned as Blackpool boss at the end of the season after failing to stop the crisis-hit Seasiders slide into League One.
But he says the experience hasn’t dented his confidence, and that he would love to return to St James’s Park one day as manager.
“It would be my dream to manage the club,” said Clark.
“People ask John Carver how he could take the job with the owner not spending, but if you’re a Geordie and you turn down being Newcastle manager, you’ll regret it for life.
“Having a relegation on my CV hurts but it hasn’t knocked my confidence. In hindsight, I regret taking the Blackpool job – but it will help in the future.”
It would be my dream to manage the club.Lee Clark
Blackpool’s fans invaded the pitch during their last game of the season, at home against Huddersfield, forcing the match to be abandoned as part of their protests against unpopular owner Karl Oyston.
The toxic atmosphere between supporters and the owner has prompted comparisons with Newcastle fans’ dissatisfaction with Mike Ashley.
But Clark insists there are major differences – and he hopes Ashley’s interview before the last game of the season against West Ham will be the start of a new dawn at St James’s Park.
He added: “A lot of people have told me there are similarities between Newcastle and Blackpool, but Mike Ashley presides over one of the best run clubs in the Premier League, judged on sound businesses principles alone – though in football that isn’t always possible.
“That football club dictates people’s lives in Newcastle, they will spend their last penny to go to the match. People say their expectations are too high, delusions of grandeur, but they just want a team that mirrors their passion.
“When I played under Kevin Keegan, he totally understood that. From what Mike Ashley said before the West Ham game, he accepts having exciting players and playing the Geordie way goes with the territory.”