Blackpool boss Lee Clark has reassured supporters that next season will be the one for them.

The stands around Bloomfield Road were largely empty on Tuesday night, with an official attendance of 9,168. Those who did turn out were spectators of  a 24th loss of the season, this time to Charlton.

Blackpool remain 18 points from safety, and results on Wednesday and Saturday could confirm their relegation to League 1 before the end of March.

Tangerines’ manager Lee Clarke believes he is  ‘unfairly on the end of criticism’.

Clark publicly accepted relegation last week, and he now vows that they will triumph in League 1 next season.

“I’ll do it next season, 100 per cent,” he told reporters after the defeat at home to Charlton.

He then went on to understand that the frustration by the fans is turned towards him: “The fans, I understand their frustration, it’s turned towards me and I understand that but I’ll do it. I’ll have the personnel on the 29th of June.”

“It’s very difficult but I’ve done it once before when I had my full squad done for the first day of pre-season. Sometimes, with the market, it’s difficult to get them all but we’ll certainly have high teens in terms of the squad size to hit the ground running on the 29th.

We’ll have a brand-new football pitch that will be conducive to playing fast, high-tempo football and a new squad with belief.

When I was deciding on taking this job I knew there was a massive chance that this club was going to go do down and I wanted to be given the opportunity to rebuild.”


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