Basham: Sort it out for fans

Chris Basham is now with Sheffield United
Chris Basham is now with Sheffield United
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Former Seasiders star Chris Basham has called upon someone to ‘grab hold’ of Blackpool and sort the club out.

The midfield man faced the Seasiders on Saturday for the first time since quitting the club just over a year ago.

And after playing his part in a 2-0 Sheffield United which saw Pool tumbled to the bottom of the table, Basham begged for someone to help the club.

“I always look out for Blackpool’s results as it’s a club close to my heart,” he said.

“When you see the sort of problems they’ve had lately you just want someone to grab hold of the club and sort it all out.

“If anything for the fans’ sake.

“I wish Blackpool all the best, it’s a great club which deserves stability.”

Basham, 27, arrived at Blackpool under Ian Holloway at the start of the Premier League campaign.

He went on to make almost 100 appearances in three seasons.

He eventually declined contract talks at Bloomfield Road in favour of a three-year deal at Sheffield United last summer, and admits he could see the problems coming.

The midfielder explained: “After the defeat to West Ham in the play-off final we lost key players and the cracks began to show.

“Players weren’t offered new contracts at levels they thought they deserved and you could see what was coming really.

“It was heartbreaking to leave but we could see what was going to happen.

“You could just see everything falling apart around us.

“In my last twelve months we still had spirit and the manager managed to keep us up, but everyone sensed we’d just put off an inevitable relegation.

“It proved to be the case last season.

“The problems are still there this season, although there’s a whole new group of players.

“All the rotation and changes can’t help anyone.”

Basham initially struggled to find his feet at Blackpool after his £1m move from Bolton before becoming a regular under the likes of Paul Ince and Barry Ferguson.

And, speaking to Sheffield United’s official magazine, he looks back at his time at Bloomfield Road fondly.

“The morale and spirit in the dressing room was unbelievable, we were a close group and nobody could come between us,” he said.

“Ian Holloway was a character and a top manager too.

“Every morning he’d have a meeting, usually a random story about a cat or a dog, an occasionally about football.

“We were the underdog at Blackpool all the time, even when we got relegated and back to the play-off final where we lost to West Ham.

“The fans were brilliant and fully behind us, with Bloomfield Road packed out every single week.

“It was a real privilege to be part of something so special and unique.”