UK time is: 19:30:03
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Checks on trio to avoid Grabovac situation

It really was quite the coup for Colin Hendry. In 2005, a monster of a Dutch striker, Zarko Grabovac, rocked up at Blackpool with the raw talent the manager said would yield goals galore for a team who struggled horrendously going forward (and backwards actually - great times).

'I've been around the town and I like to look at all the birdies,' or broken English words to that effect, were what pronounced Grabovac to the supporters. He was a joke, managing to play just one league game in tangerine.

But nobody at Bloomfield Road was laughing. It transpired today, in an interview published in the Gazette, that this languid character cost Pool several hundreds of thousands of pounds because of the contract type he signed.

Grabovac was on an amateur deal at his previous club. When he penned professional terms for the Seasiders, they had to pay fees dating back years.

That is what they are trying to avoid at the moment. Ian Holloway has agreed deals with players from PSG, Lille and Athletico Madrid - believed to be Banvo Anderson, Brice Irie-Bi plus another - but the club are performing background checks on the trio to make sure they aren't lumbered with big bills in the future.

'The first club to offer them [the player] a professional contract is liable to get hit with training and compensation costs for that player, which can go back to the age of 12,' Matt Williams explained to the paper.

'We got hit with a huge bill [for Grabovac] and we don't want to fall foul of that again - especially for young, unproven players who aren't guaranteed to develop the way we want them to over the next 12 months or so.'

That is the risk Pool take when attracting younger players. It is likely that maybe just one of the three will turn out to force his way into the first team. Most of the gambles turn out to be similar to Grabovac, and it's only right and proper that Karl Oyston et al guard themselves against paying over the odds.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The journalist

Writer: Editor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 2 2012

Time: 2:00PM

Your Comments

It's been well over a week now since this article was published. Why hasn't it been followed up?
Bribaba
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackpool Articles

Blackpool team v Blackburn (Saturday August 16 2014)

4 years ago ... (Saturday August 16 2014)

Meet the referee Blackburn Rovers (Thursday August 14 2014)

Blackpool fail to register (Tuesday August 12 2014)

Fans To March Demanding Fairer Prices (Tuesday August 12 2014)

Season preview (Friday August 8 2014)

Front page poll (Thursday July 31 2014)

Why not join blackpool vital (Thursday July 31 2014)

Pool complete Cubero deal (Thursday July 31 2014)

Blackpool interested in Orlandi (Thursday July 31 2014)

Archived Blackpool Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. premier 1 468
2. Bear1951 466
3. SeasideEssexXile 259
4. Layton_Seasider 150
5. SmartBloke 139
6. UAE Seasider 118
7. Bribaba 95
8. SaskPool 79
9. Hastings 75
10. bfcpete 73

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Forest 2 - 0 Blackpool
Blackpool 1 - 2 Brentford
Blackpool 1 - 2 Blackburn

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Rotherham 3 1 0 2 -2 3
19. Leeds Utd 3 1 0 2 -3 3
20. Huddersfield 3 1 0 2 -5 3
21. Wigan 3 0 1 2 -2 1
22. Bolton 3 0 1 2 -4 1
23. Fulham 2 0 0 2 -2 0
24. Blackpool 3 0 0 3 -4 0

Breaking League News

Fulham v Wolves - Team Sheets
Fulham : 20/08/2014 19:20:00
LUFC Leeds Fan View v Brighton
Leeds Utd : 20/08/2014 19:00:00
Birmingham City 2-2 Town
Ipswich : 20/08/2014 18:39:00
Away From Home: Off Pitch Matters
Watford : 20/08/2014 18:35:00
Blackpool 1-2 Bees
Brentford : 20/08/2014 18:31:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Blackpool v Burnley
Suggested By:  
Blackpool Win 12%
Draw 22%
Burnley Win 66%