Clark looks to the future with Cubero centre stage

Blackpool's Jos� Miguel Cubero
Blackpool's Jos� Miguel Cubero
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Lee Clark says he wants to quickly forget Blackpool’s relegation by building a squad to be proud of for next season.

The Seasiders boss insists he’s already moving on from the news that Pool will be playing their football in League One next season.

Clark wants to look to the future and said: “To be honest, being confirmed as relegated isn’t even in my mind. It has been a case of ‘when’ for a while.

“All my thoughts are towards the future now and planning for next season.

“Players are showing me they are good enough to be around next season and I’m working in the background with other players as we speak.

“Hopefully we are giving the fans some hope and something to shout about.

“I know they’ll be frustrated we didn’t go on to win the game at Bolton after leading for so long, but hopefully we’ve given them a little bit of hope.”

Clark’s plans for life in the lower league included activating an option to keep the midfielder Jose Cubero until the summer of 2016.

And Clark feels the Costa Rican will have a big part to play in the future.

“We’ve activated Jose’s contract and we are delighted he’ll be staying with us next season,” he said.

“You worry about some players being able to cope with League One but I think you can see he’s very competitive and plays the game at a high tempo, so I have no worries about him in a lower league.”

“He’s the exact reverse of the type of player I don’t like.

“Sometimes you work with people and they are brilliant in training, then on a Saturday don’t deliver.

“Jose goes about his business quietly during the week and doesn’t pull up any trees.

“When it comes to the nitty gritty on a Saturday he’s outstanding. That’s how I prefer it.”

The World Cup star has managed just six appearances for the club so far 
after work permit and 
injury problems.

He’s expected to start again in tonight’s game against Reading and Clark says he’s now seeing what all the fuss is about.

He said: “I wish I’d had Jose available for longer, we had to be so careful with his injury.

“We had to bide our time with him.

“What he’s shown in the two starts lately is that we’d have been a far better side with him in it.

“I’m glad there was an option year, he will be crucial for us next season.

“Coupled with the new players I am going to bring in, he’ll be an outstanding addition.”