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Former Newcastle midfielder Clark eager to get back into management, home or abroad

Lee Clark.
Lee Clark.

Lee Clark can’t wait to get another job as manager after revealing he has no regrets about his ill-fated spell at Blackpool.

Clark resigned as Seasiders boss at the end of the Championship season after being unable to stop the crisis-hit club tumbling out of the league.

“There are a lot of things that are out of your control, such as injuries and suspensions, and luck. But you’ve got to find a way.

It was almost an impossible job. Having taken over in October after his dismissal as Birmingham boss just a week earlier, Clark was battling with a depleted squad, no finances and fan unrest at an unpopular chairman.

He admits that, in hindsight, he wouldn’t take the Blackpool job again, but says he enjoys the pressure of management.

“When you’re at the top of the tree, everything is on your head, everything depends on what your decisions are – the results and the performance,” Clark said.

“There are a lot of things that are out of your control, such as injuries and suspensions, and luck. But you’ve got to find a way.

“I have filled all positions, but being at the top brings the most pressure.

“I enjoy it. It’s been a tough six months, first with losing my job at Birmingham which was a great club with good people and supporters.

“In hindsight, I made the wrong decision in taking the position at Blackpool, but it will stand me in good stead for the future.

“You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.

“If I had my time again I would have just taken myself away and got my head down.

“I always think I can do something a bit different, but in hindsight there was too much other stuff going on at Blackpool.

“You make calls in life and you have to get on with it. I haven’t got any regrets.”

Clark was linked with a return to Newcastle United as part of Steve McClaren’s backroom team, and has had a couple of opportunities to get back into football.

And it could be that his future lies in working abroad.

“I want to get back in,” added the 42-year-old. “I’m open to new opportunities and I’ve had one or two offers.

“I’m a manager, but if it’s as a number two where I can learn from someone then I would take that. I love the coaching side – I’ve been a coach before.

“It’s always been an ambition of mine to work abroad. Steve has done it and David Moyes is doing it now so so there’s that possibility as well.”