Today I declare that for ever more January 21st ‘Ian Holloway Day’!
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Blackpool’s manager Ian Holloway is determined not to sell Charlie Adam during the transfer window and has described Aston Villa’s offers for the midfielder as “disgraceful” in the light of the money spent this week on Darren Bent.
Asked if he definitely would not be selling Adam in January, Holloway said: “No. Why should I? The thing is, if someone offered the ‘right’ amount of money, which would be fair in terms of the market value of Charlie, how do I work out what that market value is when clubs are paying absolutely ludicrous amounts of money for people I don’t see as being as good as Charlie?
“You have to behave with respect and not all players do that sometimes but that is the way the game is. I think he is still improving, I think he belongs to us and if someone wants to offer money I think they are wasting their time because we don’t need to sell him at the moment.”
Holloway suggested Adam could be worth “£46m” due to what Blackpool would earn should they avoid relegation and Holloway described Villa’s recent offers as “absolutely disgraceful”.
“Obviously Aston Villa are a massive club but how can they rate Darren Bent at that sort of figure and offer me that for Charlie?” Holloway said. “I think it is quite derisory.” (Guardian)
Ian Holloway is so spot on it’s frightening. I was to declare one day of the year “Ian Holloway Day” where everyone is duty bound to attempt to mimic the Blackpool boss and coin one of this phrases. Placing such a fee on Charlie Adam’s head is the right thing to do. The Bloomfield Road boss knows just how important the Scottish midfielder is to the club and for Aston Villa to offer such a fee for his services is a joke, and clearly the inference is that they wanted to make it clear to the former Rangers man they wanted him but just don’t want to pay the right price for him.
Add into the mix that Steve Bruce believes something fishy went on between the Midlands club and Darren Bent and some may feel that Aston Villa are acting an underhand manner. Either way at that price Mr. Adam is going nowhere.
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