Saturday, 31 December 2011

Barmby Warns He Will Quit If Hull Sell Stars

Nick Barmby has warned Hull's owners he could quit as boss if they sell off his best players next month.

The Tigers caretaker chief fears losing defender James Chester to Bolton and midfielder
Robert Koren to Leicester with other stars also coveted by rivals.

And he has no intention of taking on the Tigers job permanently if Hull are planning to cash in on their top stars.

He said: ``That's where my situation comes into the equation because I'd be gutted if we were to lose any players.

``Put it this way, I really, really hope we don't lose anyone.

``You can't stop clubs bidding for your players and that's a sign that your players are doing well.

``But it comes into the equation because we've got a team here that can go on if they keep believing in themselves.

``We can become whatever we want as a team so we'd be disappointed if we lost any of our players.''

Barmby believes his young crop of players should also be weary of the temptation of switching to a Premier League club too soon.

He added: ``The lads we've got, they need to seriously think about if a bid came in.

``Fair enough if it's a top-eight club in the Premier League, we can't do anything about it and good luck to them.

``But they've really got to think about their education. I've seen players move too early from clubs where they should be playing 50 to 100 games to gain the right experience.''

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