Clark desperate to avoid ‘worst team ever’ tag

Miles Addison in action against Leeds
Miles Addison in action against Leeds
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Lee Clark says his Blackpool team must not go down in history as the worst Championship side ever.

With just 22 points to show so far their season so far, Pool need five more from their seven remaining games to beat Stockport County’s all-time low of 26 points at this level in 2001/02.

Pool’s shocking season has mustered just four wins out of 39, with a goal difference of -48.

The Easter double-header away to Bolton on Saturday and at home to Reading on Tuesday is likely to see rock-bottom Pool’s relegation confirmed, but boss Clark is determined to at least avoid the lowest ever points tally.

“We don’t want records like that on our heads,” he said. “We want to finish the season on a relative high and make sure we win some games.

“We all have to get out of this mentality of losing games, which is a big problem around this club at the moment.”

Clark inherited a side at the bottom of the table when he took charge in October, but Jose Riga’s replacement was confident he could keep the Seasiders in the Championship.

But results have hardly improved and Clark now admits he underestimated the task. He said: “It’s very tough. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s been tougher than I thought.

“I knew the team were bottom of the table and struggling, but I was probably met with other things you don’t see when you come in from the outside.

“I’m the manager of the club, though, and I’m not pleased we’ll be going down.”

Chairman Karl Oyston has refused to speak publicly since Christmas, and in the absence of any other senior figures at the club it has fallen to Clark alone to explain the mess.

And that’s something else he admits has been tough.

“I’ve found myself almost like the spokesperson for the club. I’m the only one talking,” he said.

“The fans have heard a lot from me, and I am a big believer you should walk the walk rather than talk the talk.

“At the moment I’ve done a lot of talking and it’s soon time for me to walk the walk. I have to deliver here for the fans.”

Meanwhile, Pool have extended Miles Addison’s loan deal until the end of the season.

As predicted in The Gazette last week, the midfielder whose 28-day loan from Bournemouth would have ended today will now be available for Saturday’s trip to Bolton.

The 26-year-old, who has impressed in his four Pool appearances so far, said: “I’m pleased to extend my deal at Blackpool. I just want to play football.

“I can be honest and say I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far.

“I’m getting stronger and better with each game, and I hope people see that. I’ll give everything I’ve got for the club.”