After the resignation of Adamson, Maurice Lindley again found himself in temporary control as caretaker manager.
The Leeds board eventually turned to Allan Clarke. The goal scoring hero of the Revie era was currently manager
of Barnsley, where he had previously gained them promotion from division three to divison two. Like Adamson before
him Clarke inherited a Leeds side that had started the season badly. Clarke's Leeds finished 9th, after a season
that saw the Leeds crowd dropping dismally. It wasn't the best football to watch. Clarke as a player knew all
about scoring goals and attacking football but it seemed Clarke the manager concentrated his efforts more on
defence. The team only scored 39 goals all season.
Clarke gambled the following season by breaking the bank, signing winger Peter Barnes from WBA for a club
record of £930,000. As it turned out Barnes was a complete failure and Clarke was left with virtually no money
to improve a failing team. The season of 1981-82 had started badly,
by October Leeds managed only one win in ten games. Clarke as a last ditch attempt in avoiding what now looked
like relegation, signed Frank Worthington to score goals and Kenny Burns to bolster the defence and midfield.
It wasn't enough Leeds were relegated after 18 years in the top flight. Allan Clarke was relieved of his post
before the start of the 1982-83 season.