Clark’s ‘dossier’ to rebuild Pool

Blackpool manager Lee Clark
Blackpool manager Lee Clark
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Lee Clark says he is not intimidated by Karl Oyston and will do everything he can to get Blackpool back into the Championship.

Plans for life in League One are well under way at Bloomfield Road, with Clark meeting the chairman again on Wednesday to discuss transfer targets.

With supporter anger at an all-time high, Clark is only too aware what a huge summer lies ahead for the club, and he says he is more than happy to take on his chairman if needs be.

“I don’t feel intimidated by the chairman, what’s the worst he can do to me?” asked Clark.

“I have respect for him but I have to be able to tell him what I want and have an honest conversation.

“Sometimes there’s going to be a no as I ask for things.

“But if he says no then I’ll just move on.

“I have a dossier with three, four, five players for each position.

“I’ve started already and I’m looking to push hard to get things done.”

Last summer Blackpool waited until just days before the start of the season before finally adding players to their squad, resulting in just four substitutes on the opening day.

Clark insists this time will be different, and isn’t willing to speculate on his own future if he’s not given the backing he wants.
He said: “I can talk about what happens if I don’t get what I want, we’ll see what happens. Hopefully I get what I want.

“This is a tremendous opportunity now for Blackpool to rebuild from top to bottom.

“The club is as low as it should ever be now and it’s a chance to rebuild in every way, shape or form.

“All these things have to be looked at and most of them have all been talked about by the chairman.

“We’ll see what’s delivered.”

Blackpool face Fulham at Bloomfield Road tomorrow for the first of three final games in the Championship.

But boss Clark isn’t planning on being in League One for long.

“I believe I can build a squad next season to mount a promotion push to get us back into the Championship,” said Clark.

“When we do that I want the infrastructure to be so much better than it is now so we are there to be competitive and not involved in relegation battles.

“That doesn’t mean I’m going to start trying to reproduce what Ian Holloway did, but I want us to be back in the Championship and be competitive.

“That’s my long-term goal.

“I realise it’s tough for Blackpool’s supporters to come and watch us play when we’ve already been relegated.

“But that’s what make football fans special – they will come through thick and thin.

“It’s their club, their team and it’s good to see people are still coming.

“They make me even more determined to turn this around and give them something to shout about.”