Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley says he'll make life difficult for any side looking to buy players from the club.
Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley has told the Shields Gazette the club will make life difficult for any side looking to poach their best players.
While Charnley has refused to rule out ever making promises not to sell players, he has confirmed the club are not looking to release their best players to Premier League rivals.
“I would never, ever rule out selling anyone because the worst thing I could do is over-promise and under-deliver,” he said.
“You will never, ever get me saying never but I would say we’re very difficult sellers.”
“We make it very difficult for people to get our players. We put them on long-term contracts. We are not easy sellers.”
The comments will come as music to the ears of caretaker boss John Carver who may have been afraid the club would do deals for key players before appointing their next permanent manager.
It makes his position slightly easier because the side have a better chance of breaking into and consolidating in the top half of the Premier League table with their current squad as opposed to a smaller and weaker one.
The comments certainly don’t mean that Arsenal won’t make offers before the end of the month but they do suggest that it’s going to take a very good bid for Newcastle to part with any of their most important stars.
Charnley is in a difficult position because he has to oversee the search for a new boss while maintain the club’s interests in the transfer market, but these comments are common sense and designed to protect the club’s most valuable assets.