Fowler set for Blackpool talks
Robbie Fowler will have talks with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston on Saturday over the possibility of a return to English football.
Last Updated: 02/03/12 11:29pm
Robbie Fowler will have talks with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston on Saturday over the possibility of a return to English football with the Championship club.
It emerged on Thursday that the 36-year-old former England and Liverpool striker was in training with Ian Holloway's side with a view to a permanent deal.
Speaking after the Seasiders' 1-1 draw with Hull City, Holloway confirmed discussions with Fowler were due to take place.
"My chairman has got to talk to the boy himself tomorrow," he said. "I don't put pressure on my chairman. I don't understand what Robbie wants, it's none of my business. I've only spoken to him about football.
"I think he knows he could do it, I think he knows he would enjoy it and I think he knows I know he could do it.
"So it's all about him really. I don't know what he's been paid in the past and I don't know what he's thinking about now, but I just hope with all my heart that he's the same as the rest of my lads and wants to come here and work for me and don't really care about the money."
"He might just want to be part of something that might be special in his life right now, because we might have a chance of going up again and I think it would be an even bigger miracle than when we did it before."
Having seen Fowler at close quarters this week, Holloway is in little doubt that the striker can still be an asset at Championship level.
"I still think he's got loads of mileage in him," he said. "Wouldn't that be nice if I took off Kevin Phillips and popped on Robbie Fowler? Am I at Blackpool or not?
"He's the first trialist I've ever asked for his autograph!
"The whole place has got a lift. It wouldn't work if he didn't have that appetite to keep going and keep playing and keep doing it. He could easily retire if he wanted to. I love his enthusiasm."
A lot better
On the field, Blackpool dominated for the majority of Friday night's contest but only had Tom Ince's fine first-half strike to show for their endeavours before succumbing to Hull's spirited late rally.
Matty Fryatt reacted quickest to steer home James Chester's knockdown in the 90th minute to leave fourth-placed Blackpool without a home win in their last three attempts.
"I think we played a lot better tonight than we have in recent weeks," Holloway added. "I thought we put a very strong defensive unit under more pressure than I've seen anyone put them under in the last couple of months.
"I feel pretty aggrieved that we haven't got all three points.
"I was delighted with the performance. I thought on a really bad surface we took the element of us making mistakes out of it."