Clark: Get off my back, I’m giving everything

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Lee Clark says he can’t understand why Blackpool fans are getting on his back and has once again hit out at claims he’s too close to Karl Oyston.

The manager blasted critics for the second time in a week after he hit out at claims he was the ‘puppet’ of the Seasiders’ chairman.

And hearing more abuse thrown his way following the defeat against Brentford on Tuesday, Clark has now appealed for them to support him.

“I can’t understand the fans’ frustrations with me, I’m not having it,” he said.

“Why a manager who is giving everything to try and change things and has got a team trying to play with a bit of fight is getting abuse I don’t know.

“There’s no facts behind the things people are saying. It’s not acceptable, not when I’m fighting to try and improve things.

“If that’s what will carry on then I have to keep fighting and get the points to change this.

“I’ve come here to try and help Blackpool and do something which would have been incredible, that’s the only reason I came here. It’s not because I met with Karl Oyston and agreed to do it his way.”

Clark was involved in a debate with supporters following last weekend’s game and invited the fans questioning him down to pitch side for a chat.

But he was furious to hear some fans, on social media, accused the him of an offensive gesture, something he denied.

Clark said: “If people want to label me things then that’s fine. But if you’re going to shout at me offensively, don’t think I’m just going to ignore it. If people do, they need to back up what they are saying with facts.

“I read somewhere I’d made a gesture to fans at Blackburn, which is totally untrue.

“Have your opinions, that’s fine, but please deal in facts, I’m prepared to stick up for myself and face criticism.

“I’m not going to let people talk to me like I’m something on the bottom on their shoe when I’m giving everything I have. These people are entitled to their opinion but what we have to do is stick together.

“I’m not going to let people accuse me of things that simply aren’t true.”

One of the biggest claims thrown at Clark is that he is too close to Oyston, the focus of fans’ fury, and has seen decisions influenced by the chairman.

The Pool boss insists that simply isn’t the case.

“It seems to stem from people thinking Karl Oyston picks the team or that I give him an easy ride, it couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said.

“I don’t wash my dirty linen in public.

“If I’ve had an issue with the chairman I’ve knocked on his door and told him.

“I don’t go running to the media or let people know in public that there’s a problem, I much prefer to deal with things man to man.

“That’s the way I was brought up by my father, in the East End of Newcastle where I had to fight for everything.

“I think I’ve done that here.

“There have been times where myself and the chairman have had heated debates behind closed doors and that’s the way it has to be.”

“Do people want me to go public with all this, is that how people think I should manage this club?

“Just because I don’t come out and criticise the chairman doesn’t mean I don’t challenge him.

“I’m not going to get into a situation where I attack him in public then he comes back at me in public, is that good for the football club?

“The toughest thing for me is that when you talk openly and from the heart, people don’t believe it.

“When I tell people the truth you get people who don’t believe that’s the truth.

“That’s what frustrating me at the moment, I’m not in this game to tell people lies.

“I’m not in this game to bluff supporters, I have too much respect for fans.

“Obviously there are certain things I have to keep quiet but when I do talk I tell it how it is.”