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Blackpool Must Remain Frugal While Aboard the Gravy Train


Life President
May 29, 2005
The moment that the seasoned Brett Ormerod poked home Blackpool’s winner against Cardiff City in the 43rd minute will no doubt go down in the history of the club and town, but it stands to reason that the club now has an important decision to make in its history.

Ian Holloway, the charismatic, self-proclaimed “leader of men” has galvanised Blackpool, built around the mercurial Charlie Adam and the most pleasing aspect of their success? They play football the correct way. They favour a free-flowing game played at a frenetic pace that fully exploits the flanks and the creativity of Adam through the centre of the park. They haven’t cheated, running up mountains of debt living beyond their means in an attempt for success like their Welsh opponents either.

The reward for their success? The latest ticket aboard the Premier League gravy train and a decision to be made by those in charge.

A lot was made prior to kick-off about how this single 90 minutes of football is worth the sum of £90million to the victor. With the latest television rights deal, on top of increased advertising revenue, worth an estimated £40million, teams relegated from the top tier will then earn an extra £12million a year for four years.

Blackpool’s Bloomfield Park holds just 12,533 and is still to be completed, something that £90million is more than capable of completing should the club see it fit. The pivotal decision lies therein... With a capacity that barely exceeds twelve thousand, the Lancashire outfit simply cannot sustain the substantial wages that players of Premier League calibre will demand. If they try to and suffer the likely relegation, they’re equally as likely to suffer the same fate as a whole host of other clubs in what is rapidly becoming the Barclays Graveyard; administration in the Championship.

Make no mistake, £90million is an awfully large amount of money and Blackpool have certainly hit the jackpot of all jackpots to enter the Premier League at a time when business is booming more than the usual. It isn’t, however, enough money to pay a collection of perma-tanned prima donnas £40,000 a week for three years... and that’s without the transfer fees they command.

A season in the top tier of football, visiting Old Trafford, Anfield and the Emirates Stadium is a worthwhile reward for a fantastic season of hard work and perseverance. The substantial monetary windfall should be spent completing the stadium, upgrading the training and academy facilities and ensuring that the infrastructure of the club is revolutionised.

They should ignore the pleas for big budget signings, like those made by Portsmouth and Leeds before them, and instead follow the frugal examples of West Bromwich Albion and Burnley, who have both used their jaunts into the top tier to finance improvements to their tangible assets, ensuring that they have a club to be proud of for future generations.

Initial noises from the Latvian owners are, encouragingly, just that... Far better news for the Blackpool fans than any big name signing could ever hope to be.