Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: Big time Charlie Adam's too good for Aston Villa

15 January 2011 01:41
Ian Holloway has taken a swipe at Aston Villa over their pursuit of Charlie Adam, calling the club a 'half-a***d place that used to be famous' and saying boss GerardHoullier was 'on a dodgy wicket'.

Blackpool have rejected Villa's £3.5million bid for Adam, with Holloway insisting the midfielder should go to a top club.

Holloway said: 'I don't believe it's right for Charlie to move at the moment, because theoffers we're getting and the clubs who are asking, he's better than that.

'Three-and-a-half million for him, you're taking the mickey out of us. It's an absolutely disgraceful offer. And why's it in the paper and why are they talking about it? And they're below us. Where's the sense in that?

Set for the big time: Aston Villa's offer for Charlie Adam (left) has been derided by Ian Holloway

'I want him to go to a strong club with a strong manager who loves him and where he will be able to win things, not some half-a***d place that used to be famous and the manager is on a dodgy wicket. I'm going to work him into one of the top six clubs. What if Liverpool came in for him? They wouldn't have enough money to buy him.

'There will be a time when Charlie moves on. But I don't think that time is here yet.

'I have already had a manager talk to me about buying him in the summer. That was the manager of a very good and strong team.'

Tottenham scout Ian Broomfield watched Adam against Liverpool on Wednesday, but Holloway, who signed the midfielder for £500,000 from Rangers 18 months ago, iscalling on his player to stay loyal.

Holloway said: 'What I don't want him doing now is not thinking about us and his team-mates.

'You don't know what he is being told behind the scenes.' 

Crazy talk: Holloway insists his prize asset will not be leaving Bloomfield Road

Even Houllier has admitted that defeat in tomorrow's Birmingham derby will leave Villa in a relegation dog-fight.

'We need to get out of this position as soon as possible,' he said. 'We have had two weeks now in the drop zone.

'By the end of January we could be in a very bad position.'

If the two clubs below Villa West Ham and Wigan earn a point each from their games with Arsenal and Fulham respectively, Villa will be in the bottom spot ahead of kick-off tomorrow. 

In a relegation dogfight: Should Villa lose to Blackpool, their position will be even more precarious

Meanwhile, Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is angry that his team have not won a penalty this season.

The Scot is annoyed at a string of decisions he believes have gone against them, the latest being Phil Dowd missing a tackle on Barry Ferguson by West Ham's Matthew Upson in this week's Carling Cup semi-final.

McLeish said: 'The fact we haven't won a penalty is, in my opinion, because we are unfashionable.'

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