Clark: It’s my call on Lewis

Blackpool's Joe Lewis
Blackpool's Joe Lewis
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Confusion surrounds the future of Joe Lewis after Lee Clark admitted Blackpool tried to end his loan spell at Bloomfield Road.

The keeper made the headlines this week after it was revealed Pool asked Cardiff to terminate his loan five months early, only for the Welsh club to refuse their request.

After not training in the early part of the week Lewis returned yesterday unsure whether or not he’s wanted by The Seasiders.

The Gazette revealed terms of his agreement mean Pool have to pay a loan fee if Lewis plays three more times with many suggesting that was the reason for his shock axe ahead of last weekend’s drubbing at Watford.

But Clark hit back claiming that’s not the case. He said: “There seems to be a running theme at this football club that people think every time I make a decision the chairman has had something to do with it.

“There’s no issue if I want to bring Joe back into the team.

“I’ve never been told by the chairman or anyone that I wasn’t allowed to pick Joe Lewis, it was my opinion.

“I don’t know how many times I have to keep repeating myself,” Clark snapped.

Lewis, 27, has been one of Blackpool’s most consistent performers this season, and many were shocked to see him replaced last weekend by number two Elliot Parrish.

While Clark admits talks were held about sending the keeper back to South Wales, he insists there’s no problem should he chose to pick him this weekend.

Clark explained: “I haven’t had any indication from the chairman that Joe isn’t to play for financial reasons.

“I made a decision to leave Joe out and put Elliot in last week and I don’t think you could point the finger at Elliot.

“I can categorically deny what’s been said that it’s all to do with money, it isn’t in no way shape or form.

“We spoke about the possibility of sending him back, obviously he wasn’t happy about not playing last week.

“The problem for me is that we are using a loan on a keeper which isn’t ideal. I’d like to keep him on a permanent deal if possible and Joe wants to.

“I think we’ve asked the question about terminating Joe’s loan, but it’s just because of our loan situation. Nothing more sinister.”