FORMER Huddersfield Town chairman David Taylor described Dean Hoyle’s decision to oust Lee Clark as “the most courageous ever taken” at th club.
Clark guided Town to two successive League I play-off campaigns – losing out to Millwall in the 2010 semi-finals and Peterborough in last season’s final – and also steered them to a Football League record of 43 matches unbeaten during the season just finished.
He also signed the vast majority of the players who got Town promoted.
Hoyle, however, decided to part company with the former Newcastle and Fulham player in February – ironically after a home defeat to Sheffield United and with Town fourth in the League I standings.
“It seems to have been overlooked by the general media but the most courageous decision ever taken by a chairman was that of Dean Hoyle to sack Lee Clark,” said Taylor, a lifelong fan who never misses a game and proudly took his seat at Wembley.
“I have clients all over the country and all over the world who have Town as their ‘second team’ and they were totally amazed when Lee Clark was sacked.
“They just couldn’t understand it because the team were well placed and they’d gone so many matches unbeaten and lost only three in 50-odd.
“I told them that in my opinion it was a matter of confidence in whether he could get the team up. I certainly wasn’t confident, unfortunately, and I think the chairman and the board of directors shared that view.
“Simon Grayson took the players that Lee Clark had brought in and made them into a team capable of beating MK Dons and Sheffield United.
“They were Lee Clark’s players but, more importantly, it was Simon Grayson’s guidance that got us up.
“So as I say, it was a very, very courageous decision made by Dean and I’m delighted for him that he’s now the chairman of a Championship club.”