IAN Holloway is delighted with his deadline day business – he reckons he has added a class midfielder and a striker who can score goals in his sleep.
Most crucially of all, he hung on to star man Charlie Adam, despite receiving multi-million pound bids that dwarfed the club’s previous record transfer fee received – the £1.75m from Southampton for Brett Ormerod.
While eyes may have been on the Adam situation, Pool were busy bringing in hitmen James Beattie and Belarus’ Sergei Kornilenko, wide man Jason Puncheon and experienced midfielder Andy Reid.
On a tense day of discussions – not least between Adam’s agent Kenny Moyes and chairman Karl Oyston, who were involved in what has been reported as “a shouting match” – Tottenham made a dramatic 11th hour bid to sign the Seasiders skipper, topping Liverpool’s earlier bid.
But Oyston refused to let Adam go, insisting he wasn’t offered enough money for a player who has 18 months remaining on his contract.
Holloway is “delighted” his captain is staying, but has conceded Adam will almost certainly leave at the end of the season.
“Charlie won’t be here after the summer,” said the boss.
“I accept it will happen in the summer (that Charlie will go). I don’t think the chairman accepts it though. It depends on how they (Charlie and his agent) behave.”
Holloway will wait until tomorrow before deciding if Adam – who was furious at being denied the chance to join Liverpool – is mentally right to face West Ham.
Chances are, though, the manager will pick him.
“I’ll have to wait and see how people are today, and see if they are motivated or not, but I strongly recommend to whoever pulls on a Blackpool shirt that they better earn that, or I won’t pick you,” said Holloway.
“I will assess how Charlie is and I don’t imagine him being any different.And if he hasn’t got a move now, he needs to play better to get one.
“Liverpool spent £23m on Luis Suarez. I know that lad plays in a different position to Charlie, but why aren’t they spending that on my player?
“I’m not saying we want £23m, but I’m saying that if a club of Liverpool’s size, with the money they’ve clearly got, really wanted Charlie, then they’ve got the cash to offer the right amount. Either do it or don’t.
“I’m just delighted it is all over, and everything can get back to how it was, and we can focus on what it is really all about, which is the football.
“Charlie will have to deal with the fact that he has 15 games for us to try and get us at least four wins if we can, and then let us wait and see what happens in the summer.”
While Pool fans will celebrate the retention of Adam more than anything else, they will also be chuffed with the players Holloway has managed to bring in.
Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid, 28, has signed until the end of the season, in a deal which could rise to £750,000 with add ons, and former England striker James Beattie has arrived on loan from Glasgow Rangers.
Holloway is ecstatic about that pair. “I think Andy Reid will be perfect for us because he is a skilful football player and it won’t take me long to get him playing the way I want,” said the boss.