SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night revealed Blackpool have yet to decide whether or not they will allow Billy Clarke and Matt Phillips to stay at Bramall Lane.
Admitting he would like to retain the on-loan duo’s services beyond the duration of their month long deals, Wilson warned he could be forced to wait until next week before discovering if his wish will be granted.
Confirming phone calls had been exchanged before Ian Holloway’s side beat Leeds 5-0 at Elland Road on Wednesday evening, Wilson joked: “I’m going to tell Ollie that he’d be absolutely mad to change a winning line-up. He’s clearly already got the best strikers in the Championship and should leave well alone.
“Seriously, though, we’ve made some calls but haven’t had anything concrete back as yet. Obviously we’d like to keep them if that’s possible and are hoping that Blackpool will find it hard to tamper with a winning team.”
Clarke and Phillips have made a huge impact since arriving from Bloomfield Road. Despite claiming a combined six goals and five assists, they are scheduled to leave South Yorkshire following Tuesday’s JP Trophy tie with Bradford City.
Wilson added: “Blackpool aren’t in that competition so they should be fine. Even if they do stay I doubt they’ll be allowed to play in the (FA Cup) game after that because they’d be cup-tied.”
Having heard Holloway confirm both Clarke and Phillips are part of his long-term plans, Wilson described news that another loanee – Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – is set to report back to Shirecliffe next week after undergoing treatment on his injured hamstring at parent club Wolves as “really encouraging.”
United’s medical staff are also set to assess Lee Williamson before today’s final training session ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Stevenage. The midfielder received a gash to his leg during last month’s draw with Leyton Orient.