FORMER Shakers boss Lee Clark has landed an unlikely new job in Sudan.

The 48-year-old, Gigg Lane manager in 2017, had last been in charge of Blyth Spartans in the National League North.

Now he will take charge of Al-Merreikh who are second in the north African country's top flight and have ambitions in the CAF Champions League.

"I’ve always fancied working abroad,” Clark told The Shields Gazette.

"You don’t always know where you’re going to go or what you want to do but I’m really excited about the experiences I’m going to pick up.

"We’re travelling to Tanzania to play Simba in the Champions League next week on Tuesday and then we play Al-Ahly at home, who are a massive club on the African continent.

"We also travel to Vita in the Congo Premier League and we’ve potentially got a training camp in Egypt, so straight away within a month, I’m experiencing different situations.

"I’m really excited by it all and it’s a new challenge.”