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Lee Clark named new Blackpool manager

30 October 2014

Blackpool have this morning confirmed Lee Clark as their new manager.

Clark takes over first-team affairs at Bloomfield Road following the departure of Jose Riga, the former Charlton Athletic boss who took over on the Fylde coast in the summer.

The managerial change at Blackpool comes with the Tangerines rooted to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table with just one win in 14 in the league this season.

His appointment at the Lancashire club represents a swift return to management for Clark, who parted ways with Birmingham City earlier this month. The Blues currently sit just one place above Blackpool in the Championship dropzone.

Speaking to the club website following his appointment, Clark said: "I am absolutely delighted. The main objective is to try and keep the club in the Championship and build from there. It is a big challenge because of our position in the league but it's a challenge that can be overcome.

"It's one that if we achieve what we set out to achieve, which is to stay in the league, it will be a tremendous feat by the whole group. I'm very confident with the players I've got here, in what we can do going forward, that we can achieve those goals."

Chairman Karl Oyston said: "We needed someone with experience of The Championship and that's what Lee brings to the club. Lee's done remarkably well in a difficult background at Birmingham. 

"We needed someone to come in and organise us properly and bring in the structure, approach and positivity that we've been lacking. Results have demonstrated that.

"Lee is bright and positive and we're happy to support his plans for the squad moving forward."

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