Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

Gilks Plays Hardball Over Contract

Gilks Plays Hardball Over Contract

Earlier in the week I published an editorial looking at Matt Gilks' rise and rise since last summer.

This afternoon however, there was a twist in the tale as Blackpool manager Ian Holloway revealed that Gilks is refusing to speak to the club about extending his contract which expires in the summer.

Despite promotion to the Premier League, Gilks is known to be on a very low salary comparatively, and whilst there is certainly scope for the Seasiders to offer him a large wage increase, his refusal to speak to the club about a new deal coupled with his current form presents the very real fear that he could leave for nothing in the summer to a team prepared to pay him much more.

The one trump card that the Seasiders do hold however is that Gilks is guarenteed first team football at Bloomfield Road and might not be elsewhere, and given that he nearly quit the game last summer because of a lack of first team opportunities you would imagine that that would be a large factor in any future contract he signs.

Revealing the situation in his pre-match interview ahead of Sunday's game with Manchester City, Ian Holloway said:

'Matt is out of contract next summer and at the moment that is something he wants to be.

'If I can't nail him down I'll have to find someone else and I've got till January to try and convince him to stay, because he can sign a pre-contract somewhere else in January.

'At the end of the day he is also running the risk that he could break a leg or an arm and he might not have a job, so that is the gamble you take.

'Matt probably feels a bit aggrieved with how much he is on.

'I've asked him to leave me a message giving me a figure on how much he wants. At the moment he won't, so we will suck it and see.

Whether Gilks is simply playing hardball or genuinally wants to cash in on his rise by leaving Bloomfield Road we will simply have to wait and see.

One thing's for sure though; if we continue to play in the manner that we have been, then we better all be prepared for the risk of losing our better players.

Hopefully in this instance though, Ollie can convince the ever improving Gilks that his futures lies with the Seasiders.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Friday October 15 2010
Time: 7:01PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Oldham vs Blackpool Preview

Unbeaten in four, Blackpool take on Oldham away from home tomorrow.

The Tangerines have been in good form, beating Gillingham 1-0 in their previous match and face an Oldham side who have stru

January PotM Nomination - Aldred

The January nominations for the Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month Award are in.

Blackpool 1 Gillingham 0

Blackpool extended their unbeaten run to four games after picking up an impressive three points against promotion hopefuls Gillingham.

Hayden White and Jim McAlister missed the fixture through illness which meant Danny Philliskirk was shifted out to right wing, Mark Cullen started up top and Emmerson Boyce came in at right back.

Despite weather conditions having an impact on early proceedings, Pool were able to deal with the heavy hail and created the first chance when Redshaw

Blackpool vs Gillingham Preview

Blackpool are faced with a big challenge as they take on Gillingham in today's league one clash.

Things have been looking slightly better in recent games for Pool but Gillingham will be a re

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from

Site Journalists

Dan Bennett
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Has Been Pool's Best Player So Far This Season?
Suggested By:
Colin Doyle27%
Tom Aldred54%
Brad Potts3%
Mark Cullen5%
Jack Redshaw4%
Other7%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burton 29 19 3 7 60 16
2 Walsall 29 16 8 5 56 17
3 Wigan 30 15 10 5 55 21
4 Gillingham 30 16 7 7 55 19
5 Coventry 30 13 10 7 49 16
6 Millwall 29 14 5 10 47 9
7 Southend 29 13 8 8 47 6
8 Peterborough 29 13 5 11 44 13
9 Port Vale 31 12 8 11 44 -1
10 Barnsley 29 13 3 13 42 6
11 Sheff Utd 29 11 9 9 42 4
12 Bradford 28 11 8 9 41 -3
13 Scunthorpe 28 11 5 12 38 -4
14 Rochdale 28 10 7 11 37 -2
15 Bury 28 10 7 11 37 -7
16 Doncaster 29 9 9 11 36 -4
17 Swindon 30 10 6 14 36 -5
18 Blackpool 29 9 6 14 33 -7
19 Chesterfield 29 9 3 17 30 -11
20 Shrewsbury 30 8 6 16 30 -15
21 Fleetwood 28 7 8 13 29 -3
22 Crewe 29 6 8 15 26 -20
23 Oldham 27 4 12 11 24 -13
24 Colchester 29 5 7 17 22 -32
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 16 2016 7:45PM : Oldham Athletic (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Swindon Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Bradford City (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Chesterfield (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Bear195147
2.premier 134
3.SeasideEssexXile25
4.BobHatton20
5.whitey194218
6.53CODGER14
7.Hastings9
8.Layton_Seasider9
9.Morbid9
10.DONKEY_LASHER7