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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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By ESPN Staff

Blackpool chief Oyston plays down bonus delay

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has confirmed the club's players have now been paid their bonuses for winning promotion to the Premier League last season.

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Reports had suggested that some members of the Blackpool squad were unhappy at not having received the money when they arrived back for pre-season training this summer. The cash has now been distributed though, and Oyston hopes the players will have earned further bonuses by beating the drop.

"I think they deserved it,'' Oyston was quoted as saying in the Blackpool Gazette. "I don't know if it caused any dissent. Maybe one or two players thought we'd be there handing them a bagful of money as they walked off the pitch (at Wembley after their play-off final victory over Cardiff in May).

"But we didn't get the first chunk of Premier League money in the bank until Thursday and they (the players) have received it. I'm delighted about that and I hope they earn another £5 million this year by keeping us in Premier League.''

Meanwhile, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has spoken of his disappointment at failing to secure the services of striker DJ Campbell, who scored 11 goals for the Seasiders while on loan from Leicester last term.

"The one I wanted to do more than anything else was DJ. I'm sorry I am not in control of that,'' Holloway said. "We're not going to pay £2 million or £3 million for him because he is 28, but I tried my utmost and we almost did it.

"It was almost there, then his club turned round and said no. And the boy has now scored five goals in his last five games.''

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