Next Game

Notts Co v Birmingham

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Last Game

Kid'minster 0 - 3 Birmingham

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Clark hoping to avoid sales

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark is hoping to steer clear of the January sales and keep a squad full of promise intact.

Last Updated: 01/11/13 at 18:24 Post Comment

Lee Clark: Hoping he will not have to part with more key men in January

Lee Clark: Hoping he will not have to part with more key men in January

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Blues have been the subject of regular raids from the Premier League, with top talent lured away by the bright lights on offer elsewhere.

Jack Butland was snapped up by Stoke City last January, before being loaned back for the remainder of the campaign, while Nathan Redmond completed a switch to Norwich City over the summer and Curtis Davies linked up with Hull City.

Birmingham's ongoing financial struggles leave them open to further advances, with the likes of Chris Burke and Darren Randolph generating plenty of transfer gossip.

Clark is determined to ensure that no more key men slip through his net, but acknowledges that he is in the dark when it comes to possible outgoings - with there a chance that his hand could be forced.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "I don't know, honestly, I don't know.

"I just think I have got some good, talented young players who will be catching people's attention. But I am hoping that we don't have to go down that route this January.

"If it was to happen again with another couple of players, it's difficult to keep going to the well and bringing more out. You can't keep doing it on a repetitive basis. You need a bit of help.

"Hopefully they (other clubs) might keep looking at the young players and think 'they need a bit more time to develop' so we can keep them here."

Clark added: "As I have said many, many times, I just get on with the football side of it.

"Whatever is happening, it doesn't take away from the fact that this is a huge club, it doesn't take away from the fact that have got fantastic facilities and we have got a great following. That's all that concerns us."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United's Juan Mata backs Louis van Gaal's winning mentality

Juan Mata has hailed Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United.

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Mail Box

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property