CHARLIE Adam has admitted that staying at Blackpool until the end of the season was the right thing to do.
Despite having his heart set on a January move to one of the Premier League big boys and being angry when it was denied, Adam now accepts it was better for him to remain at Bloomfield Road and try to help the team write itself into the history books by staying up.
The skipper, who makes his return at Blackburn on Saturday after a two-match ban, said: “Since that window closed – since day one at Blackpool – the most important thing to me is to do as well as I can, and if the opportunity comes in the future to move on I want to leave on the best note I can.
“For me it probably is right that I stayed until the end of the season and help them try to stay in the Premier League.
“We have 16,500 fantastic supporters who follow us week in, week out and since I’ve been there it has been a pleasure to play there. The fans pay good money and if I had left people would have said, ‘He’s jumping ship’.
“It will be more successful if I stay until the end of the season and hopefully keep them in the Premier League. The important thing is for the group of players we’ve got to always be remembered for hopefully staying in the Premier League.
“My shirt will be tangerine for the last nine games of the season.”
“And I’ll let the powers-that-be make that decision (about where I’ll be next season).
“It’s wrong for me to say I want to go here or there because that’s disrespectful to the players.
“Let me concentrate on nine cup finals, keeping Blackpool in the Premier League, and let the chairman and the manager make the decisions for me.”
At one point during a January window dominated by speculation about Adam’s future, boss Ian Holloway said the midfielder was worth £45m – the sum the club would earn by staying up.
Adam added: “I can see the manager’s point of view but at the time it was difficult. It was flattering and an honour to be linked with clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.
“It was fantastic because you leave Rangers and some people go the other way.
“Fortunately I had the opportunity to play at a wonderful club in Blackpool, under a wonderful manager with terrific players – friends I call them because that’s what we are.
“We’re a group of friends working hard to get the best out of each other and hopefully we will get our rewards.”
Adam’s relationship with Holloway also remains good. “I’m glad I made the decision to come to Blackpool, and playing where I am in the Premier League is purely down to the manager,” added the 25-year-old.
“My relationship with him is very special. I owe a lot to him but it’s not just the manager – it’s the coaching staff, Steve Thompson and Steve McPhee, and the players.
“The players make the dressing room and I’ve got a lot of friends there.
“We are a group of lads who have had to work really hard for what we’ve got and there are no big egos in that dressing room. We just work hard.
“We’ve got quality players who will win games and fortunately enough we are in a good position, though we’ve got a tough fixture at Blackburn.
“I hope that every supporter who has seen Blackpool play this season has said we are a good team. We will attack every game as if it is a cup final.”
Adam is now fully focused on helping Pool book a second season in the top flight, a feat many observers believe would, given the Seasiders financial situation, be the biggest achievement by a club since the formation of the Premier League almost 20 years ago.