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Clark: Games May Still Decide

10 April 2015

Manager Making Decisions On Players

Lee Clark says he's already got in mind the players he wants to keep at Blackpool next season, though form in remaining games could change that. 

The manager is now planning for life in League One and assembling a squad that will challenge for a return to The Championship, while players look to secure futures beyond the current campaign.

"I've probably got my mind made up, but with every game we play I'm open to having my mind changed on one or two things," he revealed. "The games we've got left are for these players to either decide their future and allow us to try and keep them at the club, or to play well enough for other managers and clubs to take them."

The club retains contract options on several members of the playing squad, however the manager is set to wait until the final game against Huddersfield before confirming who will stay. 

"We still have to win games for our own pride and for our supporters. Those meetings will be had very, very quickly after the last game of the season. It's important we get things moving straight away."

Already compiling a dossier of transfer targets and speaking to various agents and clubs, Clark is full of optimism for the fresh start that awaits.

"The plans I've got and what I want to do and would like to do excite me about the future. I can get a team and squad ready to mount a promotion push next season and when we do that the infrastructure will be so much better and stronger so that next time we're not in relegation battles in The Championship. I want us to be competitive."

In the meantime a trip to Ipswich is on the agenda this weekend and Clark is full of praise for the job Mick McCarthy has done at Portman Road, assembling a side pushing for the play-offs on a tight budget.

"They are the standout team in the division because of the circumstances for them to be in and around the play-offs. The manager has gone with free transfers and loans, but I'm not surprised how well they've done, he's a terrific, experienced manager who has worked at the very highest level. Every time he's back in The Championship he has a team that's successful in the way they do things," he added.

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