Blackpool 1 Leeds United 1: Clark out to make Blackpool an attraction for players

Lee Clark.

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Blackpool boss Lee Clark admits the upcoming international break will give him the chance to prepare for next season after a 1-1 draw against Leeds United edged the Seasiders closer to relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

Gary Madine had given Blackpool the lead just before the break, but Italian forward Mirco Antenucci struck just after the hour to extend Leeds’ unbeaten run to five games.

Blackpool, the Championship’s bottom side, are now 17 points adrift of safety with just seven games to go and Clark says his attentions are already on next term.

“We are in the process of working for next season so the next two weeks will be a continuation of that,” he said. “We are talking to players and making assessments. I’m in regular contact with my chief scout. We’re looking at players.

“We’ve got to make Blackpool an attractive proposition – a club where it’s not a last-stop shop for somebody – not where they’ve explored all their avenues and they’re going to come here and get a big salary and finish their playing days. We need young hungry players.

“The lads are playing for their futures in football and they’ve shown me that they can deliver performances. We should have won the game, we deserved to. The players deserved three points.”

Before kick-off there were more protests by Blackpool fans against the club’s owners, the Oyston family, before hundreds of supporters boycotted the game to watch AFC Blackpool instead.

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