Clark under no illusions at Blues
New Birmingham boss Lee Clark insists he has been made 100% clear on the situation at the troubled npower Championship club.
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Clark was unveiled to the media at St Andrew's on Wednesday following his appointment as Chris Hughton's successor on Tuesday, penning a 12-month rolling contract.
His arrival at the cash-strapped midlands outfit came on the same day as acting chairman Peter Pannu addressed anxious City supporters in a lengthy statement.
In it he detailed prospective substantial profits for year end June 2012 to help offset previous losses, played down the threat of administration and insisted potential buyers continue to maintain a close rapport despite no deal being on the horizon.
Pannu also revealed he is awaiting news on the lifting of the transfer embargo which was placed on the club by the Football League at the start of March having not filed their 2010/11 accounts on time.
But despite all the goings on that Clark finds himself coming into, the open, honest and endearing 39-year-old brushed them off as "just another challenge as a manager".
"(It's) very positive news about the embargo, so that's ongoing at this moment in time," he said. "But I'm 100% clear, I know what the situation is.
"Nothing's been hidden from me, I know the situation, I know the market I'm working in with the players. But what I do know is the group I've already got here is a fantastic group of players - experience combined with quality youngsters. I'm happy with that.
"There will be additions and we'll act accordingly on that, but I do know the market I'm in. I'm cool with it, I'm relaxed about it and we go from there."
He added: "I think I've been told the truth, I think I've been kept up to date with everything since I first had dialogue with people at Birmingham City."
Clark revealed the club are already in discussions with players, likely Bosman free transfers and loans, who he has identified in anticipation of the embargo being lifted.
The former Huddersfield boss, surprisingly axed by Town in February, also confirmed fresh terms have been offered to veteran captain Stephen Carr and goalkeeper Colin Doyle, whose current contracts run out at the end of the month.
But it is the looming threat of player departures which is worrying Blues supporters just as much as the possibility of arrivals.
Promising midfielder Jordon Mutch, an Academy graduate, was sold to Cardiff last Friday in order to help raise funds.
Pannu on Tuesday insisted winger Nathan Redmond and highly-rated England goalkeeper Jack Butland are not for sale unless Birmingham receive an "eye-popping offer".
And Clark has backed up those strong words, adding influential defender Curtis Davies - the subject of transfer speculation - to the list.
But he admitted Birmingham were in talks with midlands neighbours West Brom over the sale of stopper Ben Foster, who spent last season on loan at The Hawthorns.
"There's been dialogue with West Bromwich Albion over Ben Foster, we'll see how that develops over the coming weeks," Clark said.
"Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland are two fantastic young players, who Peter (Pannu) has already come out in his words and said 'eye-popping bids'. What he means by that is crazy bids, so it would have to be fantastic amounts of money.
"So, I'm saying to you now, those lads will be part of the group that start the season because they're fantastic young players.
"Curtis Davies falls into that category as well - a very experienced, outstanding player."