Clark promises a ‘new Blackpool FC’

Blackpool's manager Lee Clark
Blackpool's manager Lee Clark
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Lee Clark is promising to build a “new Blackpool Football Club” this summer.

The past year has been among the worst in the club’s history – a continual crisis on and off the field.

Many fans have turned their back on the side but manager Clark is committed to a totally new set-up.

After being assured of his future as team boss by chairman Karl Oyston, Clark is planning for an assault on League One next season.

The Pool boss said: “The season has been a disaster – one problem after another.

“There’s always a negative story about this club. It’s a tough environment to work in and I want to change that.

“Now it’s about giving people the chance to be part of the new Blackpool.

“There will be a new Blackpool come June 29 (when pre-season training is scheduled to begin).

“There will be new processes, new plans and new aims. We want to get the club on an upward curve and get the club back into the Championship as quickly as possible, if we do go down.”

Clark also wants a fresh start with the club’s supporters and has been disappointed to hear jibes aimed in his direction in recent weeks.

Protests against the club’s owners have become a regular occurrence at Pool games but Clark admitted: “I’m confused as to why I’ve been dragged into it.

“I am going to fight for myself and for my position here. All I want is to do my best for them.

“I took a difficult job but I’ll rebuild this club and produce a squad the fans can be proud of.

“It’s a disjointed club at the moment and I’m hurt I’ve been dragged into it. I don’t fully understand the reasons why, and it’s confused and frustrated me.

“I’m not against the fans at all – I’m fully behind them. They are the most important people at this club and always will be.

“That’s why I made a passionate plea to them the other week. I want to put their club back where they want it to be.

“I want to bring the fantastic days of four or five years ago back to this club. Blackpool lived the dream and I want them to again.”

The manager wants no-one to question his determination and commitment to the cause.

“My future is here at Blackpool without a doubt,” he said.

“I knew what the consequences were if we didn’t get enough points, but if the worst comes to worst we have to rebuild the club.

“We will have to try to get the club back to where it was as quickly as possible.”