A clause in Ian Holloways’ contract regarding the sale of a player is “insubstantial and insignificant”, according to Blackpool chairman Keith Oyston.
The Sun reported today that Oyston agreed the clause, which sees the manager receive a percentage of any transfer fee from the sale of Charlie Adam, with Holloway when he took over as manager in May 2009.
Adam has led Blackpool to the Premier League after joining from Rangers in August 2009, with the club now sitting 12th in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has attracted interest from, amongst others, Liverpool and Aston Villa and, with only 12 months left to run on his contract, it looks as if the influential captain may be about to leave Bloomfield Road.
Adam handed in a transfer request last week but Holloway was adamant that he was not going anywhere until the club received a “respectable” offer.
Holloway has also defended himself today following The Sun’s report regarding his contract, saying: “I was sick and fed up of getting nothing… so he agreed a certain figure. But I’m on a far bigger bonus to keep us in the Premier League.”
Adam has made twenty-two appearances for Blackpool so far this season and has been particularly impressive recently, again showcasing his abilities on Tuesday night against top-of-the-table Manchester United.
And Holloway is resolute in his view that Adam is worth more than the £4 million that Liverpool have reportedly offered for him: “Surely anybody with one eye, one arm, one leg and half a brain can see Charlie Adam is a fantastic footballer who is worth more than £4m.”
While many have backed Holloway in defending his player and his team, some have criticised the former Plymouth Argyle manager for disrespecting Liverpool and Aston Villa, with recent comments about Villa manager Gerard Houllier angering sections of fans above all.
With the January transfer window deadline looming ever closer and the news of this new clause in Holloway’s contract, the future of Charlie Adam is now more uncertain than ever before.
This article originally appeared on sports website Sports Haze but is now unavailable due to the site closing down.
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