Phillips and Clarke are going nowhere, says boss

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SHEFFIELD United have been told they have no chance of signing Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke.

The pair have made such an impression during a loan spell at Bramall Lane that Blades fans are calling on the club to try to sign the pair permanently.

Ian Holloway didn’t take long to respond to such a suggestion.

“(Sheffield United) have two hopes of that. One of them is Bob,” said the boss.

“But I am delighted at how they’re playing over there.

“It was exactly the idea, to get them sharp and then back here ready to go straight in our team. That was all I wanted, I didn’t care which level they played at.

“I just wanted them to go and play, and I believe that is exactly what they needed.”

It is clear Holloway will welcome Phillips and Clarke back with open arms.

They will play three more games at Sheffield United before returning in time for the Seasiders’ clash at Middlesbrough on November 19.

The only thing on the manager’s mind today, though, is the eagerly-awaited Lancashire derby at Burnley.

More than 2,200 Pool fans will be at Turf Moor to cheer on the Tangerines, in a game kicking off at 5.20pm, and screened live on Sky Sports 2.

It’s not just the manager who can’t wait – the players, too, realise the importance of the fixture and are on the hunt for three points.

Keith Southern, the longest-serving player on the Seasiders books, knows better than anyone else how much the game means.