Fitness boost for Adam

Charlie Adam
Charlie Adam

CHARLIE Adam is confident he’ll be fit to face Newcastle and play a full part in the Seasiders’ final five games.

The skipper is awaiting the results of an X-ray following a foot injury in Saturday’s defeat by Wigan, but he is walking free of pain and the signs are he’ll be passed fit to take on the Magpies.

Adam would have been desperately disappointed not to feature in the run-in, especially as they are likely to be the final few matches of his Blackpool career.

The skipper is widely expected to move in the summer, though boss Ian Holloway insists no deal has been done and Adam’s future remains unresolved.

The Pool manager said: “I haven’t got a clue whether he’ll move on or not in the summer. I can’t worry about things that aren’t in my control.

“The situation will be taken out of my hands because of how well he has played. Other people who have a lot more resources than I have will have seen what he can do, and it will be their choice and not mine.

“One thing I do know is that the chairman couldn’t have done any more.

“If Charlie had gone (in the January transfer window) and we’d hit this bad run of form, everybody would have looked at the chairman and blamed him.

“But I think he has tried to do the right things for the fans, for the team and for us the staff ... maybe not for Charlie personally.

“But players sign these deals and they should see their contract through ... unless someone offers us a fee which is respectable and I didn’t think we were offered that in January.

“So until his contract runs out (at the end of next season), surely we should hold out for what we think is right and not be bullied by some bigger, stronger and tougher clubs. That’s what they were trying to do in January and I didn’t like it.

“But I have to say I am bursting with pride about the way Charlie has played and about his nomination for the PFA Player of the Year. He completely deserved that and he did it all himself.

All I have done to help him is to give him the opportunity to play on a regular basis with a bunch of lads that like and respect him.

“He has helped them, they’ve helped him, and the results have been there for all to see in the last 18 months.”