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Peter Reid on Lee Clark’s t shirt: ‘It was obvious his time with Sunderland would have to end’In his autobiography Cheer Up Peter Reid, the former Black Cats manager writes about Lee Clark’s infamous choice of t shirt at the 1999 FA Cup final12:16, 5 OCT 2017

Lee Clark in action for Sunderland

“He told me he was only seeing me out of courtesy but six bottles of Laurent Perrier later he agreed to sign for me. It was one of the best drinking sessions I’d ever paid for, especially as Bob Murray ended up picking up the tab.”

Clark spent two seasons at the Stadium of Light before an ill judged moment at Wembley in May 1999.

“I really liked Clarky and he was one of those who was going to be important to us in the Premier League, but all of that changed when he went to watch Newcastle in the FA Cup final against Man United,” Reid continued. “In the eyes of our fans, it wouldn’t have been ideal that he was there at all, but being a professional I could relate to his decision because there are plenty of players who go to see the team they support in big games, and it’s never really a problem.

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“But Clarky didn’t just stop with getting a ticket and sitting in the stands,
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he wore a t shirt bearing the slogan ‘Sad Mackem bs’. As soon as pictures of him started to appear in the media it was obvious to everyone at Sunderland , particularly me, that his time with us would have to be brought to an abrupt end.

“When I next saw him I told him he had to go, it was as simple as that. Our fans wanted him out and there was no way back.

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“He could have been Ronaldo and Messi combined the following season and they still wouldn’t have been having him so, when a situation is that bad, you are left with no option but to get rid of the cause of the problem. There are certain things you can’t do at a football club and he’d done one of them.

“In fairness to Clarky, he held his hands up and accepted that he had to move. Ebook also available.

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