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Bournemouth smash Blackpool for six

Lee Clark
Lee Clark will be devoid of Christmas cheer. Credit: PA

Bournemouth moved a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of basement dwellers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Matt Ritchie bagged a brace for the Cherries, while Callum Wilson, Brett Pitman with a penalty, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter also hit the target, with Nathan Delfouneso netting a consolation for the hosts.

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Ex-Blackpool goalkeeper Hesford passes away

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Hesford made more than 200 league appearances for Blackpool. Credit: PA

Blackpool have announced that their former goalkeeper Iain Hesford has passed away at the age of 54.

Hesford made his debut for the Seasiders in 1977 before going on to play for Sunderland and Hull in a career which spanned three decades.

Most of his time was spent at Blackpool and he made more than 200 league appearances in six years at Bloomfield Road.

"Condolences go out to his family at this sad time," said a statement on the Championship club's official website.

Eagles lands at Blackpool

Chris Eagles
Chris Eagles left Bolton in the summer. Credit: PA

Blackpool have completed the signing of former Manchester United winger Chris Eagles on a short-term deal.

I've got to do what I love to do best, and that is to excite the crowd, score and create. What I've seen of the club and staff so far has been brilliant.

I'm chomping at the bit. I've obviously played against Blackpool before, the fans are brilliant with the drum at home, so I'll be looking forward to that.

– Chris Eagles

Pool appoint Clark

Lee Clark has returned to management having been named Blackpool's new boss just 10 days after parting ways with fellow Sky Bet Championship strugglers Birmingham.

The Seasiders confirmed that the 42-year-old had been appointed to the post on a one-year rolling contract.

"I am absolutely delighted. The main objective is to try and keep the club in the Championship and build from there. It is a big challenge because of our position in the league but it's a challenge that can be overcome.

It's one that if we achieve what we set out to achieve, which is to stay in the league, it will be a tremendous feat by the whole group. I'm very confident with the players I've got here, in what we can do going forward, that we can achieve those goals.

– Lee Clark

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