Clark used to represent Newcastle during his playing days, and it is noticeable that he still refers to the North East club as ‘we’ while doing interviews.
Clark clearly still feels an affection towards the Magpies, and he is desperate for them to stay in the Premier League.
At one stage it seemed that Newcastle’s time in the top flight was over, but a mini-revival over recent weeks has helped them climb back into the thick of the relegation battle.
Newcastle have taken five points from their last three matches, and while they are still stuck in 19th place - they are only one point away from safety now.
Newcastle also have a friendly looking run-in, with matches against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur still to play.
And Clark said: “My heart always rules my head and I’m hoping it’s Newcastle [who avoid the drop].
“The fixtures they have left, I’m thinking that the dynamic of the games may have changed. I’m hoping that may work in Newcastle’s favour.
“The optimism is growing in the city. We’ve got a top draw manager and they’ve shown a fighting spirit.
“The next three games are against teams that have very little to play for. Palace, have they got one eye on the cup final? Villa - well that’s well documented, and Tottenham it could be over in terms of the title.
"It’s a lot more positive than it was two or three weeks ago.”
Newcastle’s are disadvantaged by the fact that their two main relegation rivals - Norwich City and Sunderland - both have a game in hand over them.
However, Rafael Benitez has clearly improved the Tynesiders since taking over, and they will be looking to continue their good run of form by beating Palace at St. James’ Park at the weekend.