Blackpool confirm appointment of Lee Clark as new manager

Lee Clark of Birmingham City looks on prior to the Pre Season Friendly match between Notts County and Birmingham City at Meadow Lane on July 29, 2014
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Blackpool confirm the appointment of Lee Clark as the club's new manager on a one-year rolling contract.

Blackpool have confirmed the appointment of Lee Clark as the Championship club's new manager on a one-year rolling contract just 10 days after he was sacked by Birmingham City.

The 42-year-old became the overwhelming favourite to take the position after Jose Riga was axed on Monday after less than five months in charge at Bloomfield Road.

Clark has taken on the role with the Seasiders sitting at the bottom of the Championship table after losing 10 of their 14 league fixtures.

"I am absolutely delighted," Clark told the club's official website. "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 added: "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."

Clark helped keep Birmingham in the Championship during their relegation battle last season.

Jose Riga, Manager of Blackpool looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Blackpool at The Den on August 30, 2014
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