Clark feels sorry for travelling Pool fans

Blackpool fans at Dean Court on Saturday
Blackpool fans at Dean Court on Saturday
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Lee Clark admitted he feels sorry for Blackpool’s fans after another miserable weekend.

Some 378 supporters made the long trip to the Dorset coast for the Bournemouth game, even though the rock-bottom Seasiders haven’t won away all season and have lost eight out of nine on the road since Christmas.

Many again voiced their anger at chairman Karl Oyston and manager Clark, some even walking out after just 25 minutes.

The manager said: “I feel sorry for them. It’s been a shocking season for them from the first day of pre-season to now.

“They’re loyal to the club. They paid a fair few quid to come down to Bournemouth and gave a lot of time, either staying overnight or travelling on the morning.

“I feel for them. It’s just horrendous.

“These long journeys home are bad for us but imagine what it’s like for the fans. It’s devastating.”

Another huge turnover of personnel is expected this summer and Clark added: “I wish the season was done. I wish it was over now and I could just start the rebuilding job straight away.

“This situation is one I’ve inherited but I’m not going to stand for it.

“I’m not putting my name to that. That’s not what I’m about. I’ve played and coached for teams at the top of tables, with the exception of last season at Birmingham.

As for the fan abuse, Clark feels the players need to take some responsibility.

He added: “Unfortunately the game has flipped on its head – the finger is pointed at me straight away in the dugout and the players get away scot free.

“When I was playing, especially for my hometown club (Newcastle), if we turned in an indifferent performance, which very rarely happened, you got told straight away by the supporters.

“It wasn’t the manager’s or the coaches’ fault – it was down to the players on the park.”