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Blackpool boss Clark admits the worst

Lee Clark tells local press Blackpool doomed to relegation by a large margin

Blackpool manager Lee Clark has finally admitted to Blackpool Gazette something many Tangerines fans have been sure of for the past few months - that the Lancashire club will be spending next season in League One.

Following a 4-0 defeat at the weekend described by the former Birmingham City boss as "soul-destroying", Blackpool have just 22 points from their 37 games this season and lie 18 points from safety. They have lost their last five games on the spin and have taken just two points from their last 27.

Relegation could be a mathematical certainty by next weekend if they lose their next two games - at home to Charlton and Leeds - and if results go against them elsewhere.

Many Blackpool fans have already given up the ghost with around 100 walking out during the first half of their game at the Goldsands stadium, with some of the remainder rushing the hoardings at the front to give the players, manager and owners the full brunt of their displeasure.

If the season hadn't been farcical enough, it emerged today via the Gazette that club secretary Chris Hough had to serve as kitman on Saturday as there was no-one else available. Long-term kitman Steve Wales left for Preston North End in pre-season and stop-gap solution Alan Bent who was formerly youth team physio left Bloomfield Road last week to pursue a career in education.

As Lee Clark himself told the Blackpool Gazette, "lots of things have to be changed at this football club." While relegation this season is a certainty if Blackpool want to bounce back up from League One, chairman Karl Oyston would do well to take note.

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