Clark’s planning for unknown future

Blackpool's manager Lee Clark
Blackpool's manager Lee Clark
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Manager Lee Clark has revealed he’s already making plans for next season, despite the club’s relegation battle.

Pool have lacked long-term planning in recent seasons, with large numbers of players leaving each summer and a whole load of replacements needed.

Manager Clark wants to introduce a longer-term strategy, but he admits recruitment is tough as the likelihood of relegation grows by the week.

The Pool boss, who insists he is still confident he can beat the drop, said: “We have to plan short, medium and long-term now at this club, and longer deals give us a little bit of stability. Next season and the long-term is in my mind.

“I know which players I’d like to keep, but it’s tough to make decisions on some because of our position in the league.

“We are hoping we’ll still be a Championship club but we also have to plan for the worst case scenario. And that can make it difficult to get players to accept long-term contracts.

“It’s not just a case of asking players to commit long-term – there are many more factors to consider.

Clark’s longer-term thinking has been evident in the 18-month deals recently signed by David Ferguson, Connor Oliver and youth team graduate Henry Cameron.

He explained: “It’s something I asked the chairman to do and he’s done it.

“If I think a player is good enough and can take us forward in the future, then it’s important we can keep him.

“It’s important we don’t find ourselves in the position the club was in last summer, when they were running around at the last minute trying to sign players.

“It’s important we have a group of players we can build around.”

Clark is also looking to add to his struggling squad in the remaining two weeks of this transfer window.

Following the departures of Chris Eagles and Tom Kennedy in recent days, defender Nyron Nosworthy’s short-term deal ends tomorrow and the manager has spoken to chairman Karl Oyston about further recruits.

He added: “I’ll always keep pressing the chairman and keep asking the questions.

“The players I’ve asked for so far and put to the chairman we’ve got.

“I don’t expect to be signing players for a million pounds but I’ve not been turned down yet.”