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Lee Clark takes over at Kilmarnock

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Former Fulham star and new Killie boss Lee Clark is confident his new side have more than enough quality to see off any relegation threat this season.

And the Geordie has set his sights on building a team that can challenge for European places at the other end of the table in the years to come.

Clark completed a deal to replace Gary Locke at Rugby Park on Sunday and will watch his new side in action from the stand on Tuesday night in the Scottish Cup replay with Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to the Kilmarnock Standard on Sunday night, the 43-year-old said it was a relief to finally get the deal over the line after a week of speculation.

Clark said: "Both sides have been in talks and we just needed to make sure everything was right.

"Now I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into the job. Coming off the back of two good results and performances from the players which should give them confidence."

With Killie in 10th position in the league table, the threat of relegation is still lingering despite a 2-0 win against Motherwell on Saturday.

And although Clark has plans to have Killie moving up in the Scottish football world, he is aware of the current target.

He added: "The short term aim is to get enough points to take us to safety in the league.

"The team have had results against the so-called bigger teams and performed. It's not as if they haven't been able to perform across the season against any opposition.

"And Saturday's result at Motherwell shows they can handle the occasion and get results from the teams in and around them.

"It was a proverbial six pointer and to handle that and put in a very good performance is a real positive."

Clark, who will have Lee McCulloch as his assistant and Peter Leven as first team coach, also revealed the chance to put his own stamp on things and get the club moving in the right direction was a massive factor in taking the Rugby Park job.

He added: "What attracted me to Kilmarnock? It's a new challenge, it's something different for me in my managerial career.

"The possibility of building the club was a big pull. Obviously the short term aim is to stay in the division and get away from the position we're in at the moment.

"Lee, Peter and the staff have started that recovery process and hopefully we'll carry that on to the end of the season.

"From there hopefully we can build the club up to be challenging at the right end of the table.

"If you have good spells over the course of the season then you have the possibility of European competitions.

"But the short term aim is to get enough points to take us to safety in the league."





















Source David Wren at Daily Record

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