CLARKE IS RE­AL­IS­TIC OVER HIS PI­RATES...

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BRIS­TOL Rovers man­ager Dar­rell Clarke says he won’t stand in any of his play­ers’ way should they want to leave for a higher divi­sion this sum­mer.

Rovers have been on the fringes of the League One play-offs for most of this sea­son and Cham­pi­onship clubs will in­evitably be eye­ing up some of their star per­form­ers.

Clarke could force his con­tracted play­ers to stay but in­ti­mated that, once they’ve had their heads turned by a big­ger club, they won’t have the com­mit­ment re­quired to play for him.

He also ad­mit­ted the fi­nan­cial re­al­ity means the Pi­rates won’t be able to turn down any huge trans­fer of­fers.

“Ev­ery­body is for sale un­less you’re a Manch­ester United, Chelsea or Arse­nal,” said Clarke. “Is there any­body who can turn down those sort of big money moves?

“It’s the player’s mind­set, too. If a player ever comes and knocks on my door and says he wants to leave, I will get the best price I can and get him out of the club.”

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