New Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has identified the passion and potential of the football club as the main reasons for taking the St Andrew’s hotseat.
Clark has been waiting for the right opportunity to come along since losing his position at Huddersfield Town in February and can’t wait to get started and build on the foundations that Chris Hughton lay down last season.
The former Newcastle United midfielder had a great deal of success when in charge at the Galpharm Stadium and set a football league record by steering his team through a 43 match unbeaten run.
Unfortunately, Clark was unable to guide the Terriers to promotion and was sacked by Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle following a 1-0 defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United.
Clark is convinced that Birmingham City FC are deserving of a place in the Premier League and he will strive every day to achieve that goal.
“This is a big, big club,” Clark told bcfc.com. “As I know from whenever I’ve been fortunate enough to be here as a player or as a member of the opposition coaching staff.
“The passion and drive of the fans is superb and when you walk around and see the facilities and the stadium then you know that this is a Premier League club in waiting.”
Looking ahead at the task in hand, Clark continued: “It will be a big test but that’s just the expectation of myself and my staff.
“Looking at the basis of the squad, there’s a great mixture of experienced players who are still hungry to be successful and young players who are still learning the game but are exciting.
“One thing that I’ll be bringing with me is the work ethic, the desire, the passion that I have for the game and I will strive every day to make the club better.”
Turning his attention to the style of football he intends to play, Clark said: “Without a doubt I will aim to entertain the Blues fans.
“My record speaks for itself. In my two full seasons at Huddersfield we were in third position in the league for the highest goalscorers, the next season we were fourth only behind the clubs who got automatic promotion and when I left in February we’d scored more than anybody else in the league.
“Of course, I like my teams to be solid but I like them to entertain and score lots of goals. I want to have the fans on the edge of their seats and be productive.
“It’s not often you come into a football club where things have gone well but I’m taking that job now and my aim is to enhance things.”