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BLACK­POOL are close to nam­ing Lee Clark as their new man­ager after a sec­ond round of talks with the for­mer Birm­ing­ham boss.

The Seasiders sacked Jose Riga on Mon­day and have moved quickly to bring in Clark as his re­place­ment.

Clark, 42, was only given the boot by Blues just over a week ago, but is keen on a quick re­turn to man­age­ment.

Black­pool, who are bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship, will make an an­nounce­ment in the next 24 hours which will con­firm Clark’s ap­point­ment.

Un­der-fire Black­pool chair­man Karl Oys­ton said: “Clearly we are look­ing for some­one with plenty of Cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence and some­one with good ex­pe­ri­ence of the English trans­fer mar­ket.

“It’s im­por­tant we find a man­ager with good con­tacts as our re­cruit­ment hasn’t been as good as it should be.

“We need to make sure there is very lit­tle, if any, gap or de­lay in mak­ing an ap­point­ment.”

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