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Clark: Youth Will Be Future

7 March 2015

Manager Reflects On Sheffield Wednesday Loss

Lee Clark says youth will form a big part of his future plans for Blackpool, with Bright Osayi-Samuel the latest player to make his first-team debut for the club.

The 17-year-old came off the bench for Blackpool as The Seasiders lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, featuring in a side depleted for options.

"The players couldn't give anymore, they battled. We were restricted with what we had available and it was a balancing act whether I threw young Bright in from the start," Clark said.

"We want to create more chances and score more goals but I can't fault the players. We've got six or seven players that have only experienced proper first-team football, let alone Championship football, this season."

Osayi-Samuel became the fourth youth team player to appear for the first-team this season, while 16-year-old goalkeeper Myles Boney has been on the bench in recent week. The manager is pleased with how they've all handled the situation.

"They've jumped from the Blackpool youth team to the cut and thrust of the Championship but I'm not afraid to back them, I will 100 per cent. There will be ups and downs with their performances but they're handling things great. I know that they will be good players for the long-term future of the club.

"We've got to stick with them, keep fighting with them and understand that there will be ups and downs with them. They're giving 100 per cent for the jersey because they've got an affinity with the club."

The current league table scenario has left the manager planning more and more for next season, as he looks to hit the ground running.  

"I'm building for the future and building for the start of next season, we've started that process already," he revealed.

"This will be a completely different place when we come back for pre-season, the squad will have a different mentality because it will be a young, vibrant squad looking to bounce back and lift everybody around the club."


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