Is Lee Clark facing an impossible job at Blackpool?

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Former Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has been named as Jose Riga's successor at Blackpool, but he takes on a job that few would envy.

With just six points from 14 Championship games, and already seven points adrift in the relegation places, there won't have been a long line of managers interested in the vacant job at Blackpool.

Karl Oyston hasn't wasted any time in appointing Lee Clark however, who was clearly keen to get straight back into management following his departure from Birmingham City. On paper taking over a Championship club would seem like a great opportunity, but under Oyston, Lee Clark will be working under one of the toughest chairmen in England.

Despite being a Premier League side just over three years ago, Blackpool have failed to invest significantly in their squad since relegation in 2011. Fans are disillusioned and have continually protested against Oyston's methods, however his stance remains the same as it always has done.

He refuses to be bullied by agents and will never pay what he deems to be over the odds. Blackpool achieved promotion to the top flight in 2010 on one of the lowest budgets in the Championship. It was an unbelievable achievement and they had a huge helping hand from Charlie Adam. Due to that success on a shoestring budget, Oyston believes it can be done again and there is no need to invest.

The Seasiders found themselves in an embarrassing situation earlier this season when they had just six players three weeks before the opening league game. Jose Riga struggled to bring in his first choice targets, and vented his frustration on numerous occasions. The relationship between manager and chairman at the club was fractured from day one it seemed, and Riga's sacking was inevitable.

Clark will need some room to manoeuvre in the loan market at least if he is to try and drag Blackpool away from the bottom three. They've only managed eight goals in the league so far this season with Nathan Delfouneso the only player to score more than once.

The squad is lacking quality despite there being plenty of Championship experience running through the squad. Clark had a tight budget at Birmingham so he will be used to this scenario, however it might be a harsh welcoming once it comes down to his first transfer discussion with Oyston.

One would have though Oyston has promised Clark some funds otherwise, the former Huddersfield Town manager must have huge belief in his abilities to turn round the situation. There will be no honeymoon period for Clark as he will need the results straight away or else Blackpool could find themselves cast adrift before Christmas with no hope for the new year.

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