FANS hero Danny Shittu helped send Blackpool into their first big final for nine years, then said he’ll feel like crying if he misses the final.
Shittu was rushing to Bloomfield Road today to find out if Blackpool’s last-ditch bid to get clearance for Cardiff would win the day.
But after fellow loan player Richard Walker was denied permission all the signs are that Shittu has played his last loan game for Pool.
After helping Pool to a 5-1 aggregate semi-final romp over Hartlepool, Shittu pleads with the League to let him play in the Millennium Stadium final.
“I am still not sure about the final. I’m just so happy that I’ve had two really good games to take us there. I’m happy with myself and the fans are happy with me. It’s a dream come true.
“I’m really happy that we’re through.
“I would love to play in the final. To say that I can’t play would be really disappointing because I’m a Pool player now.”
Shittu paid special tribute to the fans who have supported him: “Thank you to the fans. They have been brilliant to me, chanting my name and getting right behind me. If I was a woman I’m sure I’d be crying.”
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston and manager Steve McMahon both said they’d love to sign Shittu full-time for next season whatever the final decision on Cardiff.
Mr Oyston said: “I would say it’s unlikely we will get him for the final after what happened with Richard Walker. He will be gutted. He has been absolutely fantastic.
“He will come with us to the final. And we will pull out all the stops to try to see if he can play. We’d love to sign him full-time.
“Charlton are in a bit of flux at the moment. Their manager has bigger fish to fry. And whether he lets one of his reserves to a lower club isn’t going to be even remotely at the top of his list.
“But how could you fail but want to adopt him as our player. He has been superb.”
McMahon said: “Danny Shittu was phenomenal. He was awesome. Longer term I really don’t know. I’d like to do something, He’s got a lot to learn. And I’d like him here but we’ll have to see what happens.”
Club captain Ian Hughes is set to replace Shittu if he is ruled out. Pool will also have to wait to find out if fellow central defender Brian Reid can shake of a nasty knock from last night in time for the final.
Player of the year Paul Simpson who missed last night’s game with a calf injury, is expected to be fit for the final.