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Stephenson: Relishing The Challenge

18 December 2014

First Team Coach On Fresh Challenge

Paul Stephenson hopes to use his experience of previous relegation battles in his new first team coach role at Blackpool.

The former Newcastle United midfielder has joined Lee Clark's coaching staff and brings a wealth of experience with him.

Last season Stephenson helped keep Accrington Stanley in the Football League, and is looking for more success at Bloomfield Road.

“Last year I was assistant to James Beattie and we had a poor start, similar to here,” he said. “We had four points from 12 games, but we went on a good run after October and managed to stay up.

“You've got to keep believing. James and I never lost faith in the players, so if we can keep that here there's always a chance. With three points for every win you can move up the table quickly.”

Clark and Stephenson have previously worked together at Norwich City, and more memorably at Huddersfield Town.

Instrumental in their 43-match unbeaten run, Stephenson was delighted when handed the opportunity to link up with Clark again.

“We've worked together twice before. We hit it off at Huddersfield and had what we think was a really good record, which we're proud of it.

“Peter Clarke was our captain at Huddersfield and he did a terrific job for the club and for Lee. He is a proper man, and we're going to need characters like that.

“It's nice to be back together. It's a great challenge and a great opportunity - one I'm relishing,” he said.

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