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Clark calls for clarity

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark wants to know where he stands and what he has to work with in the summer transfer window.

Having overseen the most dramatic of escape acts on the final day of the 2013/14 campaign, Clark is planning for another season of Sky Bet Championship football.

He is in the process of identifying possible targets and is eager to talk terms with those set to see their current contracts expire.

Clark is, however, unaware of the budget he is working with and hopes to have that position clarified as soon as possible.

He said in the Birmingham Mail: "I think that I've made some errors in the transfer market - you always do, you don't get every one right.

"But I think I've shown I can spot a player, whether it's a loan player or a player from the lower levels.

"Obviously there has been an accusation that the success at the other club (Huddersfield Town) was down to a very good chairman.

"I still attracted players from the lower levels at that club and that club went onto make healthy profits from those players.

"I think we just need a little bit of help with some sections of our team. If we can get that, we've got quality in other areas.

"I've got lots of players out of contract, obviously all the loans go back, I've got double figures of players out of contract.

"I've got no ideas for the budget next year and if I can keep the players I want to keep next year.

"I've met some potential signings, ie Bosmans. But I haven't been able to put anything down in financial terms to them."

Clark is eager to see Birmingham get their house in order before the transfer window re-opens, with it imperative that relegation struggles are not allowed to become an annual occurrence at St Andrew's.

He added: "Everyone at the football club needs to use this as a wake-up call, without a shadow of a doubt.

"It cannot happen to this club again. The club is too big, it is too great. The fans are phenomenal. It cannot be allowed to ever happen again.

"The infrastructure is there. I was going to say it's a great buy for somebody but I don't even know what the situation is - whether it's for sale or if it isn't.

"But as a manager - and I'm talking for my staff too - we need some help. We need players who are in their prime and who have played at this level to contribute and combine with the players we already have. I've got some very good players in the dressing room.

"The players will flourish, the young ones. They have experienced this (relegation battle) and come through it. But they need help too.

"We can't have the same situation, I can't be working under the same parameters and be expected to deliver a team that's good enough for the supporters.

"I am a winner. I want to be at the other end of the table, competing to get out of the league in another way."