Clark: I’ll be a pain in Oyston’s backside

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Lee Clark says he intends to be a ‘pain in the backside’ for Karl Oyston.

Blackpool’s new manager takes charge of his first game this afternoon as Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich come to town.

Much was made about the relationship between Pool’s chairman and previous boss Jose Riga with much publicised rows overshadowing the Belgian’s time at the club.

And Clark says he’s aiming for a good rapport with Oyston, but won’t be shy in demanding improvements.

“I’ll be a pain in the backside for the chairman but I’m always looking to do things the right way,” he said.

“It’s the most important relationship at the football club, the one between me and the chairman.

“We are grown men and will sit round the table and disagree and debate.

“But we will always come out of it with an agreement and be men about it.

“It’s important we work hard and push forward as a club.”

Negotiations to bring Clark to Bloomfield Road lasted a little longer than expected this week as he replaced Riga who was sacked on Monday.

The delays were due to talks between Clark and Oyston as the 42-year-old left no stone unturned.

He said: “I’ve had a good couple of days meetings with him.

“He asked me a lot of questions and I asked him a lot of questions.

“It may have seemed like it took longer for me to get the job and people doubted it would happen.

“But I wanted to be clear on everything and to make sure nothing went unanswered.

“If there are ever any issues between us I’ll happily take him on.

“Our relationship has to be strong, for the good of Blackpool Football Club.”