Clark casts doubt of Blackpool future

Blackpool manager Lee Clark
Blackpool manager Lee Clark
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Lee Clark cast doubt over his Blackpool future after his side fell to another terrible defeat on Saturday.

The Seasiders lost 3-1 at home to Wigan in the battle of the bottom two and are now 15 points from safety at the foot of the Championship with 12 games remaining.

Clark was again on the receiving end of criticism from fans during and after the game, and for the first time the manager hinted at an exit.

“I accept everything which is coming my way,” the Pool boss said.

“If I lose my job because of the results, I totally accept that.

“I knew the predicament I was walking into and that there were issues before I came here.

“I’m trying to change things. I’ve tried different players, different formations and different preparations.

“The results are staying the same but I’m not going to walk away.

It’s up to the people above us to make a decision if they want something to change, but I won’t be walking away.”

Chairman Karl Oyston is due back from a three-week holiday this week and will undoubtedly hold talks with Clark.

They are highly unlikely to result in a sacking, though changes are clearly needed on and off the field at Bloomfield Road.

South Korea international Kim Bo-kyung put Latics ahead just before the break and centre-back Harry Maguire, on loan from Hull, added a second midway through the second half.

Winger James McClean then sealed the visitors’ victory before Pool scored a late consolation through Gary Madine.

Clark was unusually critical of his side after the game, saying: “It was a tough defeat to take and a result which Wigan deserved.

“We didn’t deserve anything from the game. We played with far too much fear.

“We didn’t play our normal type of aggressive game at home and we gave three awful goals away.

“If you add all that together, it only points to one thing and that’s a defeat.”

Never before has Clark pointed the finger so forcefully at his players after a defeat, accusing some of lacking desire, especially in the build-up to the opening goal.

“When you are fighting for your life, to lose a couple of 50/50s at the edge of our own area is galling,” he admitted.

“When people keep telling everyone we are desperate to stay in the division, those tackles have to be won and they weren’t.

“The first goal knocked us but we hadn’t deserved to be winning the game anyway.”

Wigan boss Malky Mackay said: “It was always going to be a tough one. There’s a fighting spirit at Blackpool and the pitch is quite something.”