Confident Lee Clark claims he took Huddersfield Town “from nothing to the Championship”.

And now the Geordie, sacked three months before Town’s League I play-off triumph in 2012, says he is ready to show his true managerial ability up in Scotland.

The 43-year-old aims to put his own stamp on Kilmarnock after guiding them to top-flight safety.

Killie fired four goals without reply past Falkirk in the second leg of their play-off final to clinch a 4-1 aggregate win.

The Ayrshire club, who appointed Clark in February, have therefore preserved their 23-year stay in the Scottish Premiership.

And their boss, who suffered relegation from the Championship with Blackpool last season, wants to avoid another close shave next year.

“I’m more than a firefighter,” he told the Daily Record.

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“I took Huddersfield from nothing to the Championship, 43 games unbeaten and unearthed gems.

“The last three jobs, two of them I kept them in the league (he has also managed Birmingham City) but the last one (Blackpool) was beyond repair.

“I’m better than that and this is a chance to show people what I am and rebuild.

“It would have been harder if we went down a level but now we have a chance and I need to chat with the powers that be to tell them where to go.”

Clark, who managed Town between 2008-12, said of keeping Killie up: “It’s huge.

“I don’t know what the implications of relegation would have been.

“My own position was okay because I’ve started my recruitment already and I knew what I was doing with the squad before the two legs.

“But usually when clubs get relegated, good people behind the scenes are the first to lose their positions.

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“I take that personally as a manager because I don’t want to see good people leave like that.

“So that’s a big weight off my shoulders.”