Kilmarnock appoint Lee Clark as their new manager

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Lee Clark says he can save Kilmarnock from relegation after he was appointed as manager

Kilmarnock have appointed Lee Clark as their new manager.

The former Huddersfield, Birmingham and Blackpool boss has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Rugby Park.

Clark, 43, takes over from caretaker Lee McCulloch, who has been in charge of the club since Gary Locke's resignation in January.

In his short spell in charge, McCulloch oversaw a 0-0 Scottish Cup draw against Rangers at Ibrox and a 2-0 win over relegation rivals Motherwell at Fir Park.

That replay against Rangers, on Tuesday, will be Clark's first game in charge.

Slater doubled the Kilmarnock advantage
Image: Craig Slater celebrates Kilmarnock's second in 2-0 win at Motherwell

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Clark, who left Blackpool in May, said: "The immediate challenge for me is ensuring Kilmarnock stay in the league and then building on that to where we are competing at the top end of the division and hopefully challenging for a European spot.

"Lee McCulloch and Peter Leven have done a terrific job in the last two games, getting the confidence of the players up with two terrific results, so there's belief there within the players and hopefully that can continue.

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"I'll let Lee and Peter do the training today, I'll watch the session before addressing the players and tomorrow night against Rangers I'll watch the game from the stands.

"There's not much I can do in such a short space of time so it's important Lee and Peter retain that continuity and keep the feelgood factor going and I'll get my teeth into things on Wednesday.

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Former Birmingham boss Clark has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal

"I've watched a lot of footage of this squad and without a doubt they are good enough to stay up. We have some terrific young players along and with the experienced at the club what we need now is consistency.

"The last two games they have kept clean sheets and they seem to be gaining in confidence so hopefully we can build on that."

McCulloch, who is being retained as an assistant, said: "I believe the board has made a fantastic appointment having taken time to interview a number of strong candidates and I look forward to introducing him to the media.

Lee McCulloch, Kilmarnock
Image: Lee McCulloch took charge of Kilmarnock against Rangers

"With everyone pulling together, I'm confident that the new manager will lead the team to success. On a personal note, I have thoroughly enjoyed being interim manager and thank the board, staff, players and fans for their support and encouragement."

Killie winger Greg Kiltie said: "We hope it's a boost and that he has a plan that we can take into Tuesday night.

"I don't know too much about him to be fair. I know he did well with Huddersfield but apart from that I haven't heard a lot.

"I think we've got a good squad and he will find a team that is better than the league position says it is. Hopefully we can now start climbing the table."

Lee Clark has been offered the Kilmarnock job, according to Sky sources
Image: Clark during his time at Blackpool

Clark won three of 33 games in charge of Blackpool as they were relegated from the Championship, although he had considerably more success in his first job at Huddersfield where he won 87 of 178 games at the helm.

Kilmarnock sit 10th in the Premiership, a point above second-bottom Motherwell.

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