Lee Clarke believes his Blackpool side need a ‘miracle’ in the fight to avoid relegation from the Championship. With the Tangerines 17 points from safety, and nine from nearest rivals Millwall, Clarke fears that life in League One is a distinct possibility
"It's getting a bigger miracle by the week that needs to happen for us to stay up," he reflected. "I'm 100% confident I will be here next season, from the conversations I have had with the chairman”, Clarke said.
Blackpool have had a catastrophic season winning only four league games, and currently have the worst form in the division, with the unlikely 1-0 victory over Brighton on January 31 their only win in 10 games.
They also have the worst goal-difference on -41 and have conceded 70 in 36 matches so far. It is in vast contrast to only five years ago where Ian Holloway guided them to the Premier League for the first time in over 40 years.
Holloway is another manager who is finding times difficult, and could yet meet his old team next year as Millwall boss.
Former Birmingham manager Clarke has had previous experience of a relegation battle, having overseen the Blues dramatic last-day revival last season, drawing 2-2 with a late Paul Caddis goal.
Although he concedes their struggling campaign, he is determined to turn things round if indeed they are to find themselves in League One come May.
"I want the players to stake a claim to be part of the overhaul that I'll be doing to try and get the club back to the Championship at the first attempt," he added. "There will be huge changes in playing personnel and how we structure everything,"
Rebuilding at Bloomfield Road
It is to be a busy summer for the 42 year-old, who is used to snapping up players on a limited budget, and there may also be change in the board-room with the fans unhappy at Karl Oysten.
Clarke will find the task of staying up an even greater challenge when they face top-of-the-table Bournemouth on Saturday.
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