Stakes are so high for DJ

Blackpool 's DJ Campbell
Blackpool 's DJ Campbell
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DJ Campbell believes Blackpool’s season “starts now”, with four games to rubber-stamp Premier League safety.

Home clashes with Stoke and Bolton, plus trips to Tottenham and Manchester United, will decide if the club can stay in the top flight and earn another £40m.

Survival will also have a huge bearing on the make-up of the squad for next season.

All the players would have their wages cut if Pool are relegated, almost certainly resulting in the departure of out-of-contract stars David Vaughan, Matt Gilks and Stephen Crainey, who could earn far more money elsewhere.

The faint hopes of keeping Charlie Adam would also evaporate should the club be plying its trade in the Championship.

There are many reasons to try to stay up – and Campbell says the players are well aware of that.

The striker said: “Hopefully we can get six points from the two home games because the games at Tottenham and Manchester United are not what you’d call easy.

“Our season starts now really. We’ve got to stick together, keep working hard and keep believing. That attitude got us into the Premier League, and all season the way we work for each other has been second to none.

“We need to remember what we achieved earlier in the season and try to get a couple of wins.”

In a plea to the fans, who he says were terrific against Newcastle last weekend, Campbell added: “We need as much support as we can get.

“We try our hardest to win. If that’s not good enough, it’s not, but we all need to keep believing.”