Ollie insists Adam dispute will have no impact on the pitch
29 October 2010 07:26
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Adam's dispute with the club over unpaid bonuses will not have an impact on the pitch claims Ollie - Billy Clarke admits progress is slow in his recovery from a serious knee injury - Holloway admits he will be powerless to stop clubs coveting his best players. Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is adamant captain Charlie Adam's dispute with the club over unpaid bonuses will not have an impact on the pitch.Reports emerged this week revealing the 24-year-old is taking Blackpool to court, claiming he is owed money as part of the contract he signed on joining the club from Rangers in August 2009, which stipulated he would be paid a survival bonus for every season the Seasiders stayed up.Instead of merely avoiding relegation from the Championship, Blackpool won promotion to the Barclays Premier League.Adam - a major doubt for Blackpool's clash with to West Brom at Bloomfield Road on Monday after requiring stitches in his ankle following a challenge with Nikola Zigic in last weekend's defeat to Birmingham - reportedly shared a £5million bonus pot with his team-mates based on appearances, but believes he is also due the original bonus."At the moment all I know about Charlie is he's got a sore ankle, he's got some stitches in it and all I'm worried about is if he's going to be fit for Monday," said Holloway. "If there is a problem then it's none of my business. That's between the club and one of the players and it will be sorted out by arbitration by the sound of it so as far as I'm concerned Charlie Adam is my player and I will keep treating him as that."If Charlie feels that way, if the chairman feels that way and there's a dispute then someone else has got to sort it out and I'm delighted that it's not me. If he decides to be upset and unhappy I'll deal with every mood - and he's had a few since I've been here. I'll deal with them and I'll manage them as I've done before. Charlie has no problem with me at all. I've got no problem with him, and the club doesn't have a problem with him."Blackpool striker Billy Clarke admits progress is slow in his recovery from a serious knee injury.Clarke could miss the whole of the Tangerines' first Barclays Premier League campaign after undergoing cruciate ligament surgery in the summer.The 23-year-old former Republic of Ireland striker told the club's website: "I still have another four, five or six months left. It's a slow process."It is really tough sometimes, but I am not the worst off. You look at other people around and it could be worse."I just have to keep spirits up and the lads and manager are good for that."Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits he will be powerless to stop clubs coveting his best players - including skipper Charlie Adam - during the January transfer window.The Tangerines have created a favourable impression in their first season of Barclays Premier League football, with former Rangers midfielder Adam in fine form.But Holloway knows the success of his players in the top flight could rebound on him in just over two months when the transfer window reopens.Holloway said: "I think there will be a few out there who are jealous that we've got Charlie. He's a wonderful player, improving all of the time."Will we have trouble in January keeping him? I don't know. I just know he's a very brilliant player and I've got a lot of good players who cunningly we're not paying a lot of money to!"Others will see that and they'll covet them and then come in - and I won't be able to do a damn thing. That's why I was so vocal the other day. If Alex Ferguson is like that (with Wayne Rooney), then what chance have I got? Absolutely zero."