Date: 1st April 2015 at 2:20pm
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Manager Lee Clark has said that chairman Karl Oyston is fully aware that in order to get players of quality, we have to pay a quality wage for their services.

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette with lessons to be learnt from Yeovil Town who were in the Championship last season, but now sit in bottom spot in League One, Clark explained that he’d had plenty of talks with the chairman about finances for next season as the last thing we could let happen to us was to fall away even further when our inevitable relegation comes this season.

That could be confirmed within the week depending on how results go this weekend.

‘In the conversations I`ve had with the chairman, he realises we have to have players who are on a higher salary level if we are going to compete. He realises that for us to compete at the top of the table, we need these types of player. We also know we have to look at players who will be able to play for us at Championship level in the longer term, when we come back up. But if we are aiming for that type of player, they are going to command a decent salary.’

Clark goes on to say that obviously with some players cloth will have to be cut accordingly, but the club have to do that to stretch the budget so key and quality players who can more than shine at League One level and then compete at Championship level can be offered that bit more.

The gaffer also confirmed that talks have already been held with some targets as have talks about keeping some of the current crop.

‘Talk is cheap. We have to deliver. Without doubt the chairman has to back up positive words with action now. We`ve spoken about that and I`ve given him the message that this can`t happen again. I don`t like people who just talk and nothing happens. I`ve told him that can`t be allowed to happen. He understands what needs to be done and has given me assurances.’

Clark ends by saying that what Blackpool have to do now is turn this year’s ‘adversity’ into a future positive, get the fans back on board, shake the club up and put some real foundations back in place so we can grow.

Of course that would start with a playing surface as well.

‘It`s a big job but I`ve started on it already.’

With last summer’s departure of Matt Williams, tagged secretary but with far more ranging roles than that, the structure is something else that Clark knows we need to have in place.

‘The situation we are in has highlighted a lot of not so good things in this football club. We have to put these right and that includes the structure. It`s all about having things in place behind the scenes that other clubs take for granted. We have to at least match their structures if we want to compete with them. We also have to give the fans a squad worthy of playing for this club.’

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