Catlin: Carson not returning to Bury

On-loan Pompey keeper Trevor Carson Picture: Joe Pepler
On-loan Pompey keeper Trevor Carson Picture: Joe Pepler
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Mark Catlin is confident Bury will not recall Trevor Carson following the sacking of their boss.

The Shakers yesterday dismissed Kevin Blackwell, with the club lying just one point above the League Two relegation zone.

Their decision raises concerns that a knock-on effect could see Carson return early to Gigg Lane from his Pompey loan on the orders of Blackwell’s eventual successor.

However, the Pompey chief executive has been quick to stress the 93-day emergency loan deal for the keeper had been agreed with chairman Stewart Day – not Blackwell.

As a result, he believes the Ulsterman, who has made an instant impact at Fratton Park, will remain.

Although, Carson will not be able to feature against his parent club when they visit Fratton Park on Saturday.

‘I would be highly surprised if the change of manager affected Trevor being here,’ said Catlin.

‘The agreement we have is not with the manager but the chairman, Stewart Day.

‘I suppose, normally, any new manager would want his players back from loans to have a look at that.

‘But this deal was brokered directly with the chairman, not the manager, that’s the truth.

‘Trevor has done well since he came here. I regard him highly and have done since my Bury days.

‘The fans there rated him very highly up until the day he left. Guy Whittingham did his homework and also took my views on board.

‘But they had an issue with finances and, with three goalkeepers, wanted one off the wage bill.

‘I have not got any concerns about Trevor going back there now the manager as gone.’

Carson has already revealed he has an agreement with Bury to rip up the remainder of his contract at the end of the loan should he find himself another club.