Former Newcastle United and Sunderland midfielder Lee Clark has been sacked by Sky Bet League One club Bury according to BBC Sport.

The 45-year-old had been manager of The Shakers since February but has been relieved of his duties following a run of four consecutive league defeats.

Clark won just nine of his 33 matches in charge during his time at Gigg Lane and leaves the Lancashire club in 23rd position in the Sky Bet League One table, three points from safety.

The Wallsend born former midfielder enjoyed a playing career which saw him win honours with each club which he represented. Clark won the old First Division with Newcastle United while he was a member of The Magpies’ squad which went so close to winning the English Premier League during the famous Kevin Keegan era.

Clark moved to Newcastle United’s bitter rivals Sunderland in 1997 but won over the fans on Wearside by helping The Black Cats to the old First Division title in 1998/1999. Two years later, the player won the same division with Fulham, the other club which he represented during his playing career.

Since hanging up his boots, Clark has gone into management and has taken charge of Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Kilmarnock prior to his spell with Bury.

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