Clark lined-up for Blackpool post

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Lee Clark is red hot favourite to be named Blackpool’s new manager after Jose Riga was sacked last night.

The former Huddersfield and Birmingham boss held talks with Pool chairman Karl Oyston on Monday and it’s hoped the 42-year-old will complete a deal today.

It’s believed Clark is eager to make a quick return to management and was keen on the role when approached yesterday.

Oyston is a long-term fan of Clark having attempted to lure him to the club before the arrival of Paul Ince almost a year ago.

A request was turned down back then but with him being sacked by Birmingham last week he quickly rocketed to the top of Pool’s wish-list.

After a successful top-flight playing career with Sunderland, Newcastle and Fulham, Clark moved into management with Huddersfield Town in 2008.

With a win rate of 48 per cent Clark guided the Terriers to the play-offs in two out of his three seasons in charge, which included a Football League record 42-game unbeaten run in November 2011, before being surprisingly sacked in February 2012.

He then took the role at Birmingham City where he avoided relegation on the final day of last season before a poor start to the current campaign saw him fired with the Blues just one point above the relegation zone.

While chairman Oyston wouldn’t be drawn on the Clark rumours, it would appear the Geordie fits his bill.

He said: “Clearly we are looking for someone with plenty of Championship experience and someone with good experience of the English transfer market.

“It’s important we find a manager with good contacts in the game as our recruitment hasn’t been as good as it should be.

“We need to make sure there is very little, if any, gap or delay in making an appointment.”

Should a deal be completed in time, Clark will meet his new players tomorrow before taking training for the first time on Thursday.