ELLIOT Grandin could leave in the next 24 hours, and Mark Howard’s Blackpool career is probably over too.
Keeper Howard has not been at the club this week and boss Ian Holloway has admitted it’s probably the end.
The manager said: “It doesn’t look like he’s going to sign here. It’s not ideal but that’s the way it is.
“I’m happy with Mark Halstead as my No.2, but if there is a long-term injury to either of my keepers I will need to move into the loan market. There are plenty of goalies we can pick up if needs be.”
Grandin’s exit is a painful one for the manager.
Holloway wants to keep Frenchman Grandin, who is under contract until the summer and has a further 12-month option, and chairman Karl Oyston says the manager has no need to let him go. But the boss doesn’t want an unhappy player and will sanction Grandin’s move to Nice.
Pool will get £200,000 now and a further £700,000 in the summer – and Holloway hopes the fans understand.
He explained: “My chairman told me I don’t need to do it. He told me he didn’t want me to do it.