Charlie Adam has given his perspective on the homecoming that didn’t quite happen in the summer of 2019. Widely rumoured to be seeking a return to Blackpool following the end of his contract with Stoke City after seven years, Adam was spotted at a pre-season friendly between Blackpool and AFC Fylde, and seemed destined to make a sensational return. But just days later, his signing for Championship side Reading was announced, leaving many a Blackpool fan disappointed.
Charlie spoke exclusively to the Seasiders Podcast and shed a light on how close he was to a return and why he eventually opted for Reading, as well as reliving the memories of his spell with us from 2009 to 2011 which saw us secure safety in the Championship, win promotion to the Premier League and very nearly stay there for a second season. Charlie then departed to Liverpool for a fee of around £9m before switching to Stoke City a year later.
Recalling his talks with the club which happened in 2019, Charlie told the podcast: “The new owners came in and I’d spoken to Simon Sadler when he came over. I went to the stadium to meet them and have a chat. It was Michael Bolingbroke and Ben Hatton at the time.
“They were asking me what I was wanting to do, and I said I wanted to keep playing and eventually go into coaching and management.
“We tried to make something happen – I wanted to come back and enjoy it. If I could finish my career at Blackpool it would have been amazing.
“Out of the blue, I got the opportunity to go to Reading and play in the Championship. I felt I had enough to play in the Championship and that was the reason really.”
Adam went on to play 21 games for the Royals, scoring twice before COVID-19 took a hold of the season in March and the season curtailed. Upon the expiry of his one-year deal in July, there were further murmurs of a return to Bloomfield Road yet again, this time with Blackpool under the stewardship of Neil Critchley. Charlie told how that was something he was certainly keen to push for from his perspective.
“I got my agent to speak to the club, but it wasn’t to be. The management team wanted to go in a different direction which was understandable. They wanted younger players, and that’s how it is, so no hard feelings there.”
“One or two opportunities came up abroad, I was going to go to a club in Australia but it fell through because, due to COVID, my family couldn’t come over for the first three months. That was the deal between us – wherever we went next we all went together.”
That’s what happened with the move to Scotland and a return home to Dundee for Adam. He took the family with him, finding new schools for his children who were previously at school on the Fylde coast.
“Dundee is the team I supported as a kid, this is my club. I never thought I would get the opportunity to play here.
“The manager phoned me and it was well-documented that my mum fell ill – that made the decision easier. I wasn’t too keen on moving back to Scotland and wanted to stay in Poulton – that was home for us and the kids were happy in school. But I found out about my mum that accelerated the process for me.”
Charlie has hit the ground running back home, playing in the Scottish Championship and scoring five goals in his first 13 games and winning the Championship Player of the Month in December.
“I feel good, I’m playing, we’re winning and I’m scoring goals. It’s a good challenge and it will be a good way to finish in a couple of years.”
Now aged 35, Adam has one eye on the next step, which is going into coaching and eventually management.
“I do a bit of media now, away from the game, which I really enjoy but nothing beats playing or managing.”
So could that mean a return to Bloomers in the future?
“I hope so – it remains a club that’s close to me, the moment I came back with Reading in the FA Cup (last season in the Third Round Replay) was great for me. The reception I got was great.
“Hopefully one day we can get back together and we can be successful together so it would be great to be part of the club again.”
You can listen to the Seasiders Podcast with Charlie Adam in full on their site, from 8pm on Sunday 7th February.
Part two will be available 24 hours later and can also be seen below:
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