Clark: I’m going nowhere

Blackpool manager Lee Clark
Blackpool manager Lee Clark
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Lee Clark insists he’s not ready to quit as manager of Blackpool, despite watching what he described as the club’s “slow death”.

The Seasiders lost their sixth game on the bounce at home to Charlton on Tuesday, when Clark was again subjected to abuse from supporters.

Many consider his job impossible, but Clark is as defiant as ever about his future.

The Pool boss said: “I’m not going anywhere because I know I can change this. We are at the bottom of the well and things have to change. We will change them but at the moment it feels like a slow death.

“I’ll turn this around next season. I’m 100 per cent confident I will do well here at Blackpool.

“I’ll have the players to help me, and by June 29 (when pre-season training begins) the numbers in the squad will be in the high teens.

“We want to be able to hit the ground running. I’ve been assured that what I’m looking to do will be addressed. Talk is cheap, though. We have to deliver.”

Despite signing 21 players since replacing Jose Riga in October, Clark insists he is far from happy with his squad.

And he hit out at claims this is his side which is failing. “I heard shouts the other night from fans saying that was my team. Well, it isn’t,” he said. “Four, five or six at best were mine – the rest were youngsters.

“I will have to withstand what will come in the next few weeks. The only way I can change the opinion of supporters is by winning games.

“Even some of the players I’ve brought here in the short term might have to go to help us achieve what we want here.

“I’ve tried to bring in stop-gaps in the short term to try to get a reaction. That hasn’t happened.

“When I took this job I knew there was a massive chance of us going down, but I also knew I’d be given the chance to be part of a massive rebuild.”

It’s not just on the field where Pool have problems. They still don’t have a kitman and are relying on club secretary Chris Hough to assume the role.

That’s one of many things Clark wants to improve. He promised: “There’s been an outcry because we haven’t got a kitman but that will all be sorted.

“Every area of the backroom team will be covered with the right people. All the rubbish that comes with this club will stop and the fans will get what they deserve.”

Last night’s defeats for Fulham and Rotherham mean Pool’s relegation cannot be confirmed this Saturday, when Leeds visit Bloomfield Road. Pool remain 18 points from safety with 24 still on the table.

With an international break to follow this weekend’s fixtures, the earliest Pool’s fate can be sealed is on Easter Saturday at Bolton.