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Blackpool Boss Ian Holloway Fears Star Player Exit

Bloomfield Road boss Ian Holloway would understand if Charlie Adam was on the radar of some of the Premier League elite.

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Ian Holloway accepts it will be difficult for Blackpool to keep Charlie Adam if the midfielder is wanted by bigger Premier League clubs.

“I know Charlie’s a brilliant player and I have a lot of good players who, cunningly, we’re not paying a lot of money to,” said Holloway, who refused to blame Adam for Birmingham’s second goal in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at St Andrews.

“Others will see that and they’ll covet them and then come in. And I won’t be able to do a damn thing – that’s why I was so vocal the other day.

“If Alex Ferguson is like that, what chance have I got? Zero.

“Charlie won’t dwell on that mistake. He shouldn’t apologise, he didn’t apologise to anyone after banging in 19 goals last season.

“There will be a few out there who are jealous that we’ve got him. I’ve just got to mark him in our box – he’s a bit too dangerous near our goal!” (Sky Sports)

Blackpool have been far better than most expected in the Premier League this season – and Charlie Adam is behind much of the Tangerines’ impressive form.

Quite what the effect of Ian Holloway admitting his players are on low wages in comparison with the rest of the league will do for club morale is one matter, but the outspoken manager has always been forthright with the press and perhaps his players appreciate his honesty.

Holloway has certainly crafted a tight team spirit at Blackpool, and Adam has been inspirational in the heart of the midfield. He would certainly be worth more now than the £500,000 he cost when he joined for a club record fee in 2009.

If the club was in danger of relegation, perhaps Holloway’s fears would be more justified, but for now, Adam seems content enough at the club.

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