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King's Lynn Town appoint Clark as manager




King's Lynn Town have confirmed the appointment of Simon Clark as the club’s new first team manager.

The former Stamford and Worksop boss – a Football League Division Three play-off runner-up with Leyton Orient in 1998/99 – replaces Ian Culverhouse in the Walks hot seat following his departure a fortnight ago.

Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve, new manager Simon Clark and assistant manager Sam Gaughran (2177552)
Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve, new manager Simon Clark and assistant manager Sam Gaughran (2177552)

Clark, who had two spells with the Linnets as a player, has a wealth of experience in the league and non-league game.

After taking temporary charge of Lincoln City in 2009/10, Clark went on to have managerial spells in the semi-professional game with both Stamford and Worksop.

Lincoln-based Clark left the Tigers in 2014 before stints as first team coach at Charlton Athletic and Academy chief at League Two Notts County.

King's Lynn Town's new management team of Simon Clark and his assistant Sam Gaughran (2177561)
King's Lynn Town's new management team of Simon Clark and his assistant Sam Gaughran (2177561)

As a player, Clark started his career as a junior with Lincoln City followed by time on the non-league circuit with Boston Town, Holbeach United, King's Lynn and Hendon.

He left Hendon with Paul Fairclough signing him for Stevenage Borough.

Clark made his debut in the 2-0 Isthmian League victory at Dulwich Hamlet before returning to the professional ranks with a move to Peterborough United.

After three years and 136 appearances with Posh, he moved on to Leyton Orient where he made 118 appearances over a three-year period.

Simon Clark, Stephen Cleeve and Sam Gaughran (2177566)
Simon Clark, Stephen Cleeve and Sam Gaughran (2177566)

One of his most impressive performances was a hat-trick against Doncaster Rover during his first season at the Os in 1997.

Clark went on to be a vital part of the Orient defence and along with Dean Smith (captain) and Stuart Hicks, he became one of the "Three Amigos".

His first job will be to bring in some fresh faces to a Lynn team who just missed out on promotion via the Southern League play-offs last season.

New Linnets manager Simon Clark (2177555)
New Linnets manager Simon Clark (2177555)

Defender Cameron Norman joined Oxford United at the end of last week while strikers Leon Mettam and Tom Siddons both took to Twitter yesterday to announce they were leaving the club.



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