Coventry City boss Steven Pressley has made it clear he is not interested in bringing former striker Leon Clarke back to the club – even if his Wolverhampton Wanderers decide to send him out on loan, reports the Coventry Telegraph.
The 29-year-old left the Sky Blues to rejoin his home-town club in January for £750,000 but has only made four starts for Wolves with a further nine appearances from the substitute bench.
Some reports have suggested that Crawley Town are keen on signing the striker for next season.
Clarke scored 15 goals in 23 games in the league for Coventry last season before leaving to join the club he started his footballing career at.
In an on-line poll in the Coventry Telegraph, over 60 per cent of Sky Blues fans voted in favour of welcoming back Clarke to the club – but the Coventry boss Pressley has made it clear that the striker has burned his bridges with the club.
Pressley told the Telegraph:
“No, I won’t be trying to sign Leon if he becomes available,” said the City boss. “I know I’ve said that I’m looking for a Leon Clarke type of striker and he undeniably fits the bill, but that moment has gone.
“I rate Leon exceptionally highly and I’ve got great respect for him. Although he’s a player that a lot of managers have had problems with, I like to think that I had a good relationship with him.
“But when we allowed him to go to Wolves the decision wasn’t made purely on football considerations; there were one or two other factors that came into it and I felt it was the right time for both parties to move on.
“It was a shame because I think our club and our team very much suited Leon as a player but my job is to move the club forward in the direction I see fit and will hopefully bring success.”