Lee Clark said Joe Lewis’ surprise axe from Blackpool’s squad last night was with the future in mind.
The Seasiders’ number one wasn’t even part of the travelling squad for the 1-0 defeat last night despite being in superb form in recent games.
Elliot Parish replaced regular keeper Lewis, whose mistake led to the only goal of the game.
But an honest Clark revealed his absence followed talks about his future. he explained: “I made a decision to give Elliot an opportunity. I have to see if he is part of the future here.
“I have had conversations with Joe (who is on a season-long loan from Cardiff) and I don’t think there’s a chance of doing anything permanent with him, so I have to look to the future.
“With the other loan players, there’s a chance of something for next season but that isn’t the case with Joe.”
The situation casts doubt over whether or not Lewis will play again for the club.
Something Clark is refusing to rule out.
He said: “I don’t know if that’s the end for Joe. He’s contracted to us still.”