Adam denies Holloway fall-out

Charlie Adam celebrates with the Blackpool fans after his goal against Everton
Charlie Adam celebrates with the Blackpool fans after his goal against Everton

CHARLIE Adam has confirmed his complete commitment to Blackpool FC and says his relationship with Ian Holloway is “fantastic”.

The Scotland midfielder spoke at a press conference in Dublin ahead of tonight’s Carling Nations Cup clash with Northern Ireland.

It is the first time Adam has commented since the attempts by Liverpool and Tottenham to sign him on deadline day collapsed.

Adam was desperate to leave Pool and his agent accused the Seasiders of “mucking him about”. But the skipper insists he is totally focused on giving his all for Blackpool until the summer, when he will almost certainly move on.

“Deadline day was a bit crazy but it’s gone and my focus is on Blackpool now. You never know what’s going to happen in the summer,” said Adam.

“Maybe the jump in money would have been enormous (if I’d left), but if you’re a real footballer you are here to play football. For me, it’s all about playing football and playing at massive clubs.

“I don’t worry about moving to a bigger club and not getting a game. If big clubs want to sign you, they want you to play.”

As for Holloway, who criticised the conduct of Adam’s agent Kenny Moyes, the Pool skipper said: “My relationship with the manager is crazy, mental.

“Everybody loves our manager because he says what he thinks. He’s an honest manager and maybe sometimes he’s too honest.

“But I have a fantastic relationship with him. The clubs who were interested in me were massive clubs. He felt it wasn’t right at the time and I respect his decision.

“He thinks me being there until the end of the season will give the club a better chance of staying up, so that’s the way it’s going to be.”

Pool are certain to make a huge profit when Adam does depart.

They will expect to receive at least £8m for their prized asset – not bad considering they paid Rangers just £500,000 for his services 18 months ago. “Since leaving Rangers my career has come on leaps and bounds. That’s what happens when you play regularly.” added Adam.

“There are certain people I’ve proved wrong and it puts a smile on my face to know that these people are hurting inside.

“But you’re always proving people wrong in this game. You can’t please everybody. Every time I step out on the pitch in one of the best leagues in the world, hopefully I prove that I belong at this level.

“It’s too easy to say Rangers had a blind spot about my potential because I was playing with good players – (Pedro) Mendes, (Barry) Ferguson and (Kevin) Thomson – and then they spent a lot of money on Maurice Edu and Steve Davis.

“When you’re coming through the ranks as I was, it’s more difficult to get into the side. They spent money on these players and the chairman would have been wondering why they weren’t playing.

“You always get disappointments in football but it’s how you react to them that matters. It’s nothing to do with (Rangers manager) Walter Smith. I have a lot of respect for him, for what he’s achieved and for what he’s done for me.

“He gave me the opportunity to play for Blackpool and to get regular football, so I have no bad words to say about him. He’s a terrific man and a fantastic manager.”

Adam didn’t play in Scotland’s last match, a defeat in the Czech Republic when manager Craig Levein controversially fielded a team with no striker.

But since then Adam has become one of the stars of the Premier League and Levein will almost certainly play the 25-year-old from start against Northern Ireland tonight.

“I love playing for my country,” Adam added. “It’s flattering to hear (Levein) saying what he has because he’s a great manager and it’s great to be working with a manager who shows faith in you. He has been to a lot of Blackpool games and clearly he’s enjoyed them.”