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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK
Luton unveil Blackwell as manager
Kevin Blackwell
Blackwell led Leeds to the play-offs last season
Luton Town have appointed Kevin Blackwell as their new manager.

Blackwell, 48, has signed a four-year contract with the Kenilworth Road club who are currently second from bottom of the Championship.

Luton are four points from safety and only Blackwell's former club Leeds, who sacked him in September 2006, are below them with seven games left.

"I'm not daunted by the size of the challenge," said Blackwell, who succeeds Mike Newell as Luton boss.

He added: "I can only do my best and give it a go."

Luton have lost their last six games with caretaker manager Brian Stein having been in charge for their last outing after the departure of the controversial Newell.

Blackwell was born in Luton and met the Hatters players at training on Tuesday.

"I've come here for the long term," he said. "There's a vision at this football club that excites me and it's something I'm looking forward to.

"There are things happening at Luton that could turn the club into a major player again and I want to be a part of that."

"The lads were good and there's no lack of spirit."

Blackwell led Leeds to the play-offs last season but was sacked by the Elland Road club after just eight games of the present campaign.

The former Sheffield United coach will take charge of his first game on Saturday when Luton face fellow strugglers Burnley.

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