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Neil McDonald relishing Blackpool challenge

3 June 2015

Blackpool's new manager Neil McDonald is relishing the challenge at the club after his appointment on a one-year rolling contract.

McDonald joins the Tangerines from West Ham United, where he was assistant manager to Sam Allardyce, and he has previous managerial experience with Carlisle United and Swedish club Ostersunds FK.

He replaces Lee Clark at Bloomfield Road, who resigned last month following the Seasiders' Championship relegation in which they collected only 26 points from 46 games.

McDonald knows he faces a big task to turn around Blackpool's fortunes, but it's one he is embracing as they prepare for life in Sky Bet League 1.

“This is a great opportunity for me, it's a massive football club in my opinion and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," the 49-year-old told their official website.

"It's a challenge that's going to be difficult - wherever you go it's always difficult - but it's a challenge that I'm really up for and really excited about.

"I've got to try and put my stamp on the football club and get it back to where it was. I've got to try and stabilise it first of all after what happened last year with relegation and change people's minds to try and get the confidence back and push the club on to pastures new."

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