Former Huddersfield Town boss Lee Clark admits he is eyeing a more stable working environment with Kilmarnock than during his chaotic reign at Blackpool.
The former Newcastle, Sunderland and Fulham midfielder has been appointed Gary Locke’s successor at the Scottish top-flight strugglers after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The 43-year-old Geordie is now looking forward to his first adventure North of the border after recharging his batteries following his departure from Bloomfield Road.
Clark - who has also bossed Birmingham City - took charge of Blackpool in October 2014 two weeks after being sacked by Birmingham.
But he found the task of keeping the Seasiders in the Championship impossible as the club stumbled from one crisis to the next.
He managed just three wins from 33 games in charge and eventually resigned when their final game of last season at home to Town was abandoned as furious fans led a pitch invasion in protest at chairman Karl Oyston’s running of the Lancashire outfit.
Killie currently sit 10th in the Premiership and Clark’s first task will be to steer the team away from relegation play-off trouble.
However, he insists he is already thinking with a long-term view in mind.
Clark - the club’s seventh manager in the last six years - told Press Association Sport: “I just felt Kilmarnock was the right club for me.
“The infrastructure is in place. They have a great ethos of bringing young players through which is a big belief I share.
“The short-term aim is to secure the club’s position in the top flight but long-term we don’t want to have these relegation battles every year.
“Instead we want to develop these young players so we can get into the top six and compete for European places.
“I’m delighted to be back. It’s the longest I’ve been out of the game since I left school.
“It was a time for reflection, a time to look back at what happened in my managerial career.
“But a lot of the time I spent out was of my own decision. I did get offered jobs down south but didn’t feel they were right for me.
“After leaving Blackpool it was about joining the right club and I now feel that is Kilmarnock. It is the right opportunity.
“I was never worried about my career being damaged by that spell at Blackpool because when you look at it, the club was already on the decline when I joined.
“They had only won one game in 16, they were bottom of the table and well adrift. They hadn’t even had a pre-season because they had almost no players.
“When I look back, it was always going to be a task that was too much.
“It was six months of constant turmoil but it was the one blip on my record.
“But I’ve been on the opposite end when I was breaking records with Huddersfield (the Football League-best 43 matches unbeaten).
“All these things put together mean I have more experience in the bank. Has it made me a better manager? Without a doubt.
“I’ve been given a long-term commitment from Kilmarnock now, so I’d like to think I have something to build on."