Lee Clark has returned to football, with the former Newcastle United man and Kilmarnock manager taking an unexpected job.

The 48-year-old has become head coach at El Merreikh, who play in the top division in Sudan. It represents a big shift from his last management job at Blyth Spartans for the Newcastle United hero, who was at Kilmarnock between 2016-17.

Clark has gone to Sudan for his next managerial job. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

He had joined Newcastle Blue Star as sporting director last July but now steps back into the management game overseas. Clark joined Kilmarnock in February 2016 when the club were in the Premiership relegation zone.

He won the 2015/16 play-off final to preserve Killie’s top-flight status but left the following year, Killie in the top six when he left in February 2017. Clark has also managed Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Bury.

Tommy Wright is in charge of the Rugby Park club now and is in need of a huge shift in performances to help Kilmarnock survive again. A 3-2 defeat to Ross County leaves Killie four points from safety with one game to go until the split.

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