Clark is the man fans want as next boss

Huddersfield Town's manager Lee Clark
Huddersfield Town's manager Lee Clark
Fan-funder Steve McLenaghan cuts the ribbon to officially open the Tifosy pitches at Pompeys Copnor Road training base. Also included are, from left, James Pollock, Tifosy, Blues chief executive Mark Catlin, manager Kenny Jackett, academy boss Mark Kelly and Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Ken Ellcome. Fans were also present at the opening ceremony

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The readers of The News have spoken – and they want Lee Clark to be the next Pompey manager.

The Huddersfield boss was the runaway winner in our web poll to determine who Blues fans wanted to see succeed Steve Cotterill.

Readers have been logging on to portsmouth.co.uk and having their say in their thousands.

Clark’s team are flying in League One and their weekend victory over Preston made it a record-breaking 39 games without defeat.

And that fact has got Pompey fans clamouring for him to be given the job of taking their team forward.

Clark polled a whopping 39 per cent of the overall vote, with 10,827 voting for him to get the job.

That was nearly double his nearest rival, with Alan Curbishley picking up 20 per cent of the total, polling 5,546 votes.

Third place went to former Southampton and Cardiff boss Dave Jones (15 per cent, 4,213 votes), with Billy Davies claiming nine per cent of the total (2,560 votes).

Bookies’ favourite Sean O’Driscoll, who was interviewed for the post last Wednesday, managed to collect just six per cent of readers’ votes (1,725).

Mark Robins, Karl Robinson, Chris Coleman, Nigel Worthington and Gordon Strachan are the other contenders to poll support.

Strachan picked up three per cent of the total, Coleman (two per cent), Karl Robinson (two per cent), Worthington (one per cent) and Robins (one per cent).

The News will tomorrow launch an updated web poll for readers to vote on the next Pompey manager. That will include the latest managers to emerge as candidates to take over the Fratton Park hot seat.