POOL chairman Karl Oyston today told The Gazette he had kept Blackpool FC’s star man Charlie Adam for the good of the town.
The club fended off the advances of some of the biggest teams in Britain to keep hold of the talisman skipper on a dramatic transfer deadline day. After Liverpool failed with a £6.6m bid, Tottenham tried to pinch the Tangerines’ star man with a big money offer moments before the 11pm deadline.
But Mr Oyston resisted and told Adam he had to stay and help Blackpool survive in the Premier League – and claim another £40m bonus for staying up.
The chairman told The Gazette: “I want to give the town, the club, its supporters and the manager the best possible chance of maintaining Premier League status.
“It would be horrific if we all sat at the end of the season saying ‘what if?’
“Now, no matter what happens, there won’t be any ‘what ifs?’
“We will give staying in this league - and all the rewards that brings - our best shot. We go forward together and we won’t have any regrets.”
It is music to the ears of thousands of Pool fans, who felt their first top-flight campaign in four decades might go belly up had the classy 25-year-old midfielder departed.
But Adam – due to captain the team against West Ham tomorrow – will need to shake off the disappointment at failing to secure a dream move.
He had handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a sale.
However, Adam has released a statement insisting he is fully committed to the club.
He said: “I want to help Blackpool finish as high as possible.”
FOR MORE ON THIS STORY SEE TUESDAY’S GAZETTE.