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Clark: Focus On Rebuild

13 March 2015

Manager Determined To Turn Things Around

Lee Clark has acknowledged the rebuilding job required at Blackpool and has already started planning for a summer of upheaval.

The manager, who takes his side to AFC Bournemouth tomorrow, will leave no stone unturned in his efforts to get the club back on an upward curve.

"We need a complete rebuilding job in all aspects, not just the team on the pitch but the actual pitch, the pre-season programme and a new mindset, energy and belief in the football club," he said. "We need to give the supporters something to be encouraged by. It's a big job to do but I've started on it already."

Recent arrivals to the squad are with a view to the future, as Clark aims to hit the ground running once his new squad reports back for training next season. 

"The loan signings we make now will not just be to fill positions, they'll be with one eye on making them permanent deals or certain players on long-term loan deals that cover the season," he explained.

"We want to try and win games in the short-term but we're looking to try and get the club rebuilt, with a clean sweep and a lot of changes. This season can never be repeated for many reasons."

Clark rates this weekend's opponents as the best side in The Championship, but that doesn't mean he's prepared to shut up shop and invite pressure.
 
"I believe they're the best team in the division, they've got strength in-depth on their substitutes bench," he said. "Just look at Miles Addison, he's come in and done really well for us but can't get near their matchday squad. That tells you the quality they have. Alongside Pritchard at Brentford, in Ritchie they have the most potent attacking player in the division. 

"We know it's going to be a really stern test, we've got be strong and take the game to them. We can't sit back for 90 minutes because they've got too much quality. We need to give them problems and work extremely hard without the ball," he added.







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