Wage demands slammed

Alex Baptiste
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Outgoing Blackpool captain Alex Baptiste has been slammed by Championship rivals Derby County, who claim he has been badly advised and has made excessive wage demands.

The Rams are among a host of Championship clubs pursuing the out-of-contract defender, who looks set to join Bolton on a three-year deal after five seasons at Bloomfield Road.

Derby chief executive Sam Rush has spoken out against Baptiste, saying: “I spoke to his agent and with the best will in the world the money he was asking for was eye-watering.

“There is a difference between ambition and bad management.

“I don’t think many clubs in our division could afford him.

“I don’t think Derby fans would have thanked me for bringing him in on that kind of money.”

Pool fans fear the 27-year-old’s exit could spark an exodus of senior players.

Besides Baptiste, Pool remain uncertain about the future of Kirk Broadfoot, Stephen Crainey, Neal Eardley, Barry Ferguson, Ludo Sylvestre and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

They are all out of contract and failed to accept new contracts before the deadline imposed by the club.

They may yet re-sign, though chairman Karl Oyston has begun the search for replacements.

n Seasiders supporters have only one more business day to renew their season tickets if they want to be sure of keeping the same seats for 2013-14.

All season ticket holders who don’t renew by close of play on Tuesday will have their seats made available for general sale from 9am on Wednesday.

Also from Wednesday, new season ticket holders will be given the option to switch seats, subject to availability.

They will be able to do this free of charge for a week, but from Wednesday June 5 a £5 charge will apply per seat.