Clark vows to give Kil­marnock sup­port­ers the team they de­serve


LEE CLARK has made a prom­ise to long-suf­fer­ing Kil­marnock sup­port­ers that he will give them a team they de­serve for next sea­son de­spite his side trail­ing Falkirk in the Pre­mier­ship play-off.

The man­ager at Rugby Park was in a buoy­ant and bullish mood less than 24 hours af­ter a last-minute goal gave the Cham­pi­onship out­fit what could be a vi­tal advantage ahead of Sun­day’s win­ner-takes-all sec­ond leg.

De­feat for Kil­marnock would have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for a foot­ball club hardly flushed with money de­spite their long ex­is­tence in the top tier. Clark, how­ever, is only think­ing about stay­ing in the Pre­mier­ship and how he firmly be­lieves he can give the peo­ple what they want.

“It’s a foot­ball match and I know there’s a lot at stake but the most im­por­tant peo­ple at this club are the sup­port­ers and we need them so much for this game,” said Clark.

“What I can say to them is that once Sun­day is out of the way, what has hap­pened here won’t hap­pen again from this sum­mer on­wards. The fans have had to suf­fer this for the last three or four years but I’ll give them the team they de­serve.

“I’ll give them some­thing they can be proud of and which will make them want to come back in num­bers. How­ever, in terms of the match it­self, we’ll try to treat it as a nor­mal game. When you play in big games and get caught up in the oc­ca­sion, you never get the result you want.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to keep ask­ing them [the sup­port­ers] to back us when they haven’t had much to shout about for so long now.

“But if they give us one more go on Sun­day and we get the result we need, then I’ll put my head on the block and prom­ise that this won’t be the sce­nario in fu­ture.”

These are bold words from Clark and he is set to make a bold de­ci­sion be­fore kick-off re­gard­ing striker Josh Ma­gen­nis, a real threat when on his game, who missed Fri­day’s game and is a doubt once again. The North­ern Ir­ish­man has a tight ham­string but so im­por­tant is he that he might be asked to risk his fit­ness for the cause.

A big de­ci­sion for Ma­gen­nis – who has a once-in-a-life­time Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship just weeks away.

“We are still wait­ing on Josh and it might go down to the very last minute,” said Clark.

Gary Dicker, the Kil­marnock mid­fielder, does not have to be told what this match means. If only it was just about the foot­ball.

“Ev­ery­one doesn’t want a rel­e­ga­tion on their cv first of all, but my fam­ily as well,” said Dicker. “But the pres­sure comes with any job – peo­ple are let go from their job ev­ery day that will have families. I don’t want to be part of some­thing like that when you’re go­ing home dis­ap­pointed at be­ing rel­e­gated.”

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