Confirmed: Blackpool appoint Lee Clark as their new manager

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Blackpool have confirmed the appointment of Lee Clark as their new manager on a rolling contract.

Blackpool have confirmed the appointment of Lee Clark as their manager on a one-year rolling contract.

Clark success Jose Riga at Bloomfield Road with the side currently bottom of the Championship. Clark was recently sacked by Birmingham City but has returned to management after just 10 days. 

Clark told the Blackpool website following his appointment: "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." 

Prior to his spell at Birmingham, Clark spent four years as manager of Huddersfield Town where he was relatively successful, leading them to the League One play-off final in 2011, and a 43-game unbeaten run in the league between 2010 and 2011, before leaving for St Andrews in 2012.

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston commented on the appointment: "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."

Blackpool are currently five points adrift at the bottom of the Championship having only picked up six points from their opening 14 games, and are seven points from safety.

Clark's first game in charge is expected to be this weekend's clash against Ipswich Town at Bloomfield Road.

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