I’M CALL­ING THE SHOTS – CLARK

Black­pool boss hits back

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Joshua Richards

BLACK­POOL manager Lee Clark has re­acted fu­ri­ously to claims that he is un­der the thumb of chair­man Karl Oys­ton.

The for­mer New­cas­tle player hit out af­ter re­ceiv­ing abuse from Seasiders sup­port­ers fol­low­ing his side’s mid­week maul­ing at the hands of Brent­ford.

Of­fen­sive

And with Black­pool’s plight at the foot of the Cham­pi­onship wors­en­ing fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s 3-1 home de­feat by Wi­gan, Clark, pic­tured right, is adamant that fans should be get­ting be­hind their team rather than crit­i­cis- ing his re­la­tion­ship with Oys­ton.

“If peo­ple want to la­bel me things then that’s fine. But if you’re go­ing to shout at me of­fen­sively, don’t think I’m just go­ing to ig­nore it,” the 42-year-old raged.

“If peo­ple do, they need to back up what they are say­ing with facts.

“Why a manager who is giv­ing ev­ery­thing to try and change things and has got a team try­ing to play with a bit of fight is get­ting abuse I don’t know. “I’ve come here to try and help Black­pool and do some­thing which would have been in­cred­i­ble. “It’s not be­cause I met with Karl Oys­ton and agreed to do it his way.” Clark is keen to re­ject sug­ges­tions that he has al­lowed the chair­man to in­flu­ence his man­age­ment of the team.

“It seems to stem from peo­ple think­ing Karl Oys­ton picks the team or that I give him an easy ride, it couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth,” he added.

“I don’t wash my dirty linen in public. If I’ve had an is­sue with the chair­man I’ve knocked on his door and told him.

“I don’t go run­ning to the me­dia or let peo­ple know in public that there’s a prob­lem, I much pre­fer to deal with things man to man.

“That’s the way I was brought up by my fa­ther, in the east end of New­cas­tle where I had to fight for ev­ery­thing.”

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