Next Game

Birm'ham v Reading

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Clark primed for overhaul

Birmingham boss Lee Clark has already identified which of his 19 out-of-contract players he would like to remain at the club next season.

Last Updated: 19/04/13 at 16:00 Post Comment

Lee Clark: Looking towards summer overhaul

Lee Clark: Looking towards summer overhaul

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

There promises to be a summer of change at St Andrew's with the majority of City's squad set to become free agents, although the midlands club do boast options on seven players including the likes of Chris Burke, Wade Elliott, Keith Fahey and Callum Reilly.

Clark has already told the powers that be at Birmingham which of those 19 he would like to keep and, as he waits to hear back from acting chairman Peter Pannu and co, he will discuss the outcome with his players soon after the final game of the season at home to Blackburn on May 4.

"I've made my recommendations to the board a few weeks ago, I know what I want to do with them," Clark said on Friday morning.

"But ultimately those players who I would like to keep can also say no to the contract offer as well, so it's alright me saying I want to keep player X and player Y, but if he's not too happy with the terms being offered then they can still move on. I'm planning for every eventuality.

"I'll be sitting down with the players after the last game. I go to Barcelona on a coaching seminar for four days, so the Tuesday probably before I go away, the 6 or 7 May. I'll be having one-on-one meetings with all the players that day."

Clark added: "The ones I've recommended that we're keeping, obviously if the board accept that, we'd like to get that done and dusted asap. I want to have as many of those lads tied up plus new signings certainly for the second week of pre-season, which will be our tour."

One of those out of contract is captain Stephen Carr, 36, who has missed the entire season with a knee injury. Clark is keen to keep hold of the former Republic of Ireland international, potentially in a coaching role, but it appears the veteran right-back has already come to a decision over his future.

Clark added: "I've tried to approach the subject but in all honesty I think he's made his mind up in terms of where he's going in the future. That's not for me to say, he will do that in due course.

"Without a shadow of doubt if that option was available in whatever position he would like to come into the club, as a young coach or a coach to be with the seniors, I would welcome him with open arms. I've approached that subject with him but I don't think at this moment it's an avenue he's looking at going down. But you never know."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe says he needs more end product

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe says he must be looking contribute a goal or assist in every game he plays.

Liverpool have no interest in Barcelona's Adam Traore

Despite reports to the contrary, Liverpool are not interested in signing Barcelona winger Adama Traore.

Newcastle considering move for Jesse Lingard

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is reportedly considering a move for Jesse Lingard, who looks set to leave Manchester United this summer

Mail Box

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

Is Jack Wilshere The New Diaby?

This was supposed to be his season but he is already injured. We have mails on Chelsea, TV football, why Raheem Sterling is worth more than ADM and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company