Oyston: Clark has positivity needed

New Blackpool FC manager Lee Clark takes his first training session at the club's training ground in Squires Gate, Blackpool
New Blackpool FC manager Lee Clark takes his first training session at the club's training ground in Squires Gate, Blackpool
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Karl Oyston thinks Lee Clark’s positivity is exactly what’s needed to drag Blackpool off the bottom of the Championship table.

The Blackpool chairman moved quickly to name the 42-year-old as Pool’s fourth boss of the calendar year 
after Jose Riga was sacked on Monday.

He offered the job instantly to Clark after meeting him on Monday, and feels he’s the 
perfect man for the job.

“First and foremost we needed someone with good experience of the Championship,” said Oyston.

“It’s obviously shown we’ve been naive at times and needed someone to come and 
organise us properly.

“We need someone who will give us the structure and positivity we’ve been lacking, which results show we have.

“We needed someone in who would be bright, positive and structured and that’s what we have in Lee.”

Clark was sacked just last week by fellow strugglers 
Birmingham after a difficult start to the season.

They avoided relegation last season by the skin of their teeth under tough financial restraints.

It is something which impressed Oyston. He added: “Lee has done remarkably well against a very difficult background at Birmingham.

“They’ve had their well publicised problems over the last few years and Lee did a superb job in doing as well as he had.”

One of Riga’s biggest criticisms of Oyston was his lack of support in the transfer market.

Riga constantly claimed he wasn’t being allowed to sign players and even at one point accused Oyston of not wanting to help him.

But Oyston says he will back his new man.

“We are happy to support Lee with new signings,” he said.

“There’s no doubt he’ll say he needs to get some players out on loan and bring some new faces in.”

Oyston explained in The Gazette earlier this week his reasons for Riga’s departure, but reiterated the need for change.

And he hit back at claims it may have been a kneejerk reaction.

“One win in 15 with no sign of anything changing left us in no position to carry on,” he said.

“Some decisions are easier than others, but it’s my job to make those.

“If you can’t see any positivity then you need a change of approach, that’s what we’ve done.

“I’ve always been a big supporters of stability and not making kneejerk, but this certainly wasn’t that.”