IAN Evatt has warned that other clubs will soon be “banging the door down” to drag Pool’s top stars away.
The central defender says the demand for the Tangerines’ talent was always going to be greater than ever this summer – but he urged the club to do everything in its power to keep the squad intact.
The Seasiders surpassed the expectations of many by coming so close to staying in the Premier League, and Evatt isn’t surprised that members of Ian Holloway’s squad are now coveted by others.
It is reported today that Liverpool are set to step up their pursuit of Charlie Adam, despite their £20m swoop for the Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson, while West Brom, Sunderland and Rangers are vying for the signature of David Vaughan, and Sunderland and QPR lead a posse of clubs weighing up bids for 13-goal striker DJ Campbell, who has a £1.25m release clause in his contract.
Evatt said: “None of us like saying it, but we’ve got to face facts – the stock of the players has risen.
“There are going to be people after our better players now and hopefully the chairman will do all he can to keep everybody together. I’m sure he will,” said Evatt, who has caught the eye of top clubs himself and was linked with Celtic in January
“It is vital that we do keep the team together because I think this group of players has been something special – maybe the best Blackpool team for a long time.
“The manager realises what we’ve got and he doesn’t want to lose that.
“It would be a boost to keep at least one of the out-of-contract lads (Vaughan, Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks) at the club.
“But the bottom line is that everybody’s stock has risen, not just Vaughan but the likes of Charlie and DJ too.
“There are going to be people not just knocking on the door but banging the door down for them, because they know they’ve not been earning what their capabilities say they should and they feel like they are going to be bargains for what they’ve achieved.
“It is important the club just does all it can to try and keep them.
“It is obvious that we are not going to be able to keep everybody but as long as we get two or three out of the five or six to stay I’m sure we’ll be OK.”