Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

LEE CLARK has been ac­cused of los­ing his bot­tle by his for­mer boss.

Hud­der­s­field chief Dean Hoyle lifted the lid on his shock ax­ing of the Ge­ordie (above) with the Ter­ri­ers rid­ing high in League One.

Fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of Si­mon Grayson – just 19 days on from be­ing shown the door at El­land Road – Hoyle in­sisted he’d lost faith in Clark’s three-year reign.

Af­ter two failed play-off cam­paigns, the Town chair­man says Clark couldn’t han­dle the pres­sure of a third if the Ter­ri­ers missed out on a top two spot in May.

Hoyle said: “I didn’t be­lieve that if it came to a play-off final he could do it. The pres­sure would maybe have been too much.”

He added: “It was a sim­ple con­clu­sion in the end. I had lost faith in Lee’s abil­ity to get the club into the top two.

“It was a hor­ri­ble decision but I’d voiced my con­cerns to Lee and, in the end, I felt I had no op­tion.”

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