Clark hints at Delfouneso exit

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Lee Clark has hinted Nathan Delfouneso’s days at Blackpool are numbered.

The striker was left out of the squad for Saturday’s defeat at Cardiff, with defender Peter Clarke playing 40 minutes in attack after injury to Gary Madine.

Delfouneso is one of many Pool players who are out of contract following Saturday’s game against Huddersfield and will be informed of their future the following day.

And when asked if the 23-year-old’s exclusion from the squad signals his impending exit, Clark replied: “Read into it what you want.

“Attacking players have got to earn their right to be in the team and the squad by making goals and scoring goals because that’s their job.

“As a striker you have to create opportunities and score goals, it’s as simple as that.

“You can take that any way you want, but you have to make an impact when you are given chances.

“Your role when you’re an attacking player is to make and score chances.”

Clark will hold face-to-face talks with each of his first team squad on Sunday, when most will be told they can leave.

David Perkins, Tom Barkhuizen, Elliot Parish and Darren O’Dea are among those with question marks surrounding their future.

Pool boss Clark added: “Sunday is going to be a big day.

“It’s the start of the wheels being put in motion to turn things around at this football club.

“I can’t wait to start afresh. I’m excited about what I can do by getting my own squad together and making the football side of the club professional.

“I’m used to high standards, very high standards.”