Scudamore refutes Ollie claims

The Tangerines manager claimed earlier this week: “They (the

Premier League) will be relieved if we lose and get relegated –

then I am not badgering them.” However, Scudamore today told BBC

Sport: “They’ve been a breath of fresh air, they’ve come up on

sporting merit and played positively, therefore they deserve it.

“If on Sunday they still deserve that place they’re welcome to

stay.” Blackpool are currently 18th in the table and are one of

five teams battling to avoid the drop. They could be the first side

to win at Old Trafford and yet still suffer an immediate return to

the npower Championship. However, with five teams separated by a

single point, they could also survive by losing Sunday’s match away

to the champions.