Robins reluctant to sell
Gary Johnson insists he will not be parting with any members of his squad unless forced to do so.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 28/08/08 12:43pm
Bristol City boss Gary Johnson insists he will not be parting with any members of his squad unless forced to do so.
The Robins have enjoyed a successful start to the new season, going unbeaten in their opening three Championship fixtures to sit among the early frontrunners.
Having also narrowly missed out on a place in the Premier League last term, they were beaten by Hull in the play-off final, Johnson accepts that his players have fallen under the spotlight.
Highly-rated midfielder Marvin Elliott is among those attracting the most interest, but the City manager is confident of retaining the services of his best players.
"We want to keep hold of all our players at the moment," Johnson told skysports.com.
"We've had a number of enquiries about several of our players and it's a no till we feel it's right to become a yes.
"We don't want to lose our best players, we want to keep them here and build on them and they are very happy to stay here and just concentrate on their football.
"If something happens then so be it and if it doesn't they can just enjoy their football here."
Elliott has been out of action since the 1-0 Wembley defeat to the Tigers back in May, but Johnson expects the former Millwall man to be back in action in the near future.
"Marvin's spending a week at Lilleshall, where they'll get his cardiovascular work-rate up and when he comes back he's targeting a reserve game on Monday and we'll see how he does in that," added the Robins coach.
"He's certainly on the road to recovery, but we've just got to make sure that his injuries clear up and they won't return.
"We are being overcautious and at the same time we've got to be fair as he's a player that is a vital member of our squad."