A costly defeat for Wycombe

Matt Phillips is overcome with emotion after the final whistle at Wembley.

Matt Phillips is overcome with emotion after the final whistle at Wembley.

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BLACKPOOL’S defeat has not only cost the Seasiders – it has hit Wycombe too.

While Pool missed out on a £40m payday next season – the windfall that would have come their way had they secured promotion – cash-strapped Wycombe had £350,000 resting on the result.

When the League Two club sold Matt Phillips to Blackpool for £325,000 two years ago, the transfer included a clause for an extra payment if the Tangerines were promoted within four years.

Despite missing out on the extra money, Wycombe will still cash in when Phillips moves on. They have a 15-20 per cent sell-on clause. That should earn them quite a figure, given that Phillips – when he does move on – will go in a mutli-million pound deal.

That is unlikely to be just yet, though. Despite reported interest from several Premier League clubs throughout the season, Pool have no desire to sell, and hold the upper hand as the 21-year-old is under contract for another 12 months, with a further year’s option.

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