Accrington Stanley boss firm on Naismith interest

Kal Naismith in action on Tuesday

Kal Naismith in action on Tuesday

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss James Beattie says he is determined to keep his squad together, but admits it would be hard for the cash-strapped Reds to turn down an appropriate offer.

Stanley rejected Bury’s bid for winger Kal Naismith on Monday night, with Beattie labelling the figure “derisory”.

But after revealing he is now restricted to the loan market in efforts to boost his squad, he accepted that there may come a point when Stanley have to sell. But only at the right price.

“I hope there are no outgoings. I want to keep hold of my better players,” said Beattie.

“The chairman informed me of Bury’s offer and for a player of Kal’s calibre it’s nowhere near the valuation I hold of him.

“But me and the chairman get along great and we’re reading from the same page, and I understand the financial boost that a decent offer or sudden cash injection would give the club.

“We would sit down and talk it through and make a decision based on what was best for the club.

“I’ve always said I’ll help my players move on to progress their career, and that will never change.

“But I think it’s got to be right for the club as well.”

But Beattie warned Stanley would not be a pushover in negotiations.

“Accrington is no longer a club that can be backed into a corner in that respect,” he added.

“I certainly won’t take any sort of derisory offers for my players.

“We’ve got a decent set of staff and we know football. We know the approaches that are made for players, I’ve had them myself, I know what goes on, I’ve heard the stories.

“But we’ll try to do things as proper as we can and I think the correct valuation of a player will be sought.

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“We won’t be asking for ridiculous money and I don’t think teams should chance their arm and come in with offers that are way under valuation.”

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