New boss will give players a chance

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NEW Worksop Town manager Simon Clark has vowed to give the current squad a chance to prove themselves.

Clark was announced as Tigers boss this evening, after he had explained to his Stamford players that he was leaving.

In his first interview as Worksop supremo, Clark moved to reassure players that he would give them an opportunity to show their worth to the club.

“They will be given a chance,” he said.

“I’ve heard they’re a talented bunch, but they’ve lost a lot of games, it’s my job to find out why.”

“I know five of them, but it’s an open slate and it’s about what they do in training.”

“It’s important that they step up show me that they want to be at the club.”

Clark arrives at the club with his number two Dave Frecklington having guided Stamford to joint top of Evo-Stik Division One today, with a win over Ilkeston.

And he insisted the attractive football Stamford have been playing will feature at Sandy Lane.

“I like my teams to play good football and Worksop have the best pitch in the area.”

“I’ve left a side joint top of the league on not a great budget and when I put the same things into place at Worksop with a decent budge for that league, we can do something really good there.”

“I like to play with two wingers, I like to play with flair.”

Stamford have won six out of their last seven, and while Clark bows out on a high he found it hard to leave his players.

“They’ve worked so hard for me, to put things in place in training, and it’s gutting to leave the players.”

“I spoke to them and it’s hard to say, but I think a lot of them were gutted.”

Andy Lake has been looking after first team affairs at Worksop since Martin McIntosh was sacked almost two weeks ago, and Clark has stated he wants to keep the caretaker boss involved, along with Frecklington.

“We need three sets of eyes, and Lakey is a club man through and through.”

“And I trust Dave, he has great contacts, he knows a lot of people at Northern Premier level, a level above and a level below.”

Clark becomes Worksop’s third manager since owner Jason Clark took over the club last year, and the former Lincoln City caretaker says the club’s ambition was what attracted him to the position.

“You do research and you speak to people, and the club is progressive,” he added.