Holloway doesn't blame Adam

Blackpool boss expects skipper to continue producing the goods

Adam: Wanted to leave

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Ian Holloway admits he does not blame Charlie Adam for wanting to leave Blackpool in January, but insists he still has a 'fantastic' relationship with the midfielder.

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"Yes, Charlie wanted to leave, and who can blame him? He has been told what the top clubs will pay him and he wants a piece of that now. The difference, to be fair, is astronomical. It is life-changing."

Ian Holloway

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Adam was a target for several Premier League clubs during the transfer window after impressing greatly upon Blackpool's return to the top flight.

Aston Villa and Birmingham City failed with bids early in January, while Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur made late moves to capture the former Rangers youngster.

The Seasiders captain also handed in a transfer request at Bloomfield Road and his agent had accused the club of 'mucking him about'.

However, while Holloway understands why the Scotland international was keen to move on, he is confident Adam will continue to produce the goods at Blackpool.

Life-changing

"The race to try and sign him went on all month," Holloway told The Independent. "He didn't go anywhere in the end, we kept hold of him. But for the record, the relationship between us is still fantastic.

"Yes, Charlie wanted to leave, and who can blame him? He has been told what the top clubs will pay him and he wants a piece of that now.

"The difference, to be fair, is astronomical. It is life-changing. But from my point of view I wanted to keep my best player.

"Charlie's representatives have said a few things in the press, which I haven't been impressed with. But we have done nothing wrong - it is his agent who has made a mistake.

"When I signed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake at Plymouth his agent insisted on a get-out clause so if anybody offered a certain amount of money, we could not stand in his way. So why didn't Charlie's agent do that?

"His agent can moan and whinge but it is his fault. If I was his agent, I'd be saying to Charlie, 'Keep your head down, keep playing brilliantly, and then we'll have a look in the summer'.

"At that point he will have 12 months left on his contract and the world will be his oyster. He understands that, we're fine with each other, and he will keep producing the goods for us, like he has for the last 18 months."