EBBE TELLS STARLETS TO STAY PUT
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The likes of Philip McGuire, Kevin McNaughton and Darren Mackie have been linked with moves to the Premiership, with Middlesbrough, West Ham, Leeds and Everton all showing an interest in the trio.
But Skovdahl has told them all that they are not ready to make the move south of the border.
"It concerns me how some of the youngsters' careers will be planned," he said.
"I see no reason why they should go to England and play for two or three years in the reserves and then be forgotten just because they pay more money.
"I understand that it must be about money but we don't have a player here who could step into the first team at Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United or clubs like that.
"There's no way. You're only lying to yourself if you believe otherwise.
"But there's a chance they'll be able to do it later on in their careers.
"They can make more money playing in reserve teams down there than they can in our first team but the players have to balance these things up.
"The money will come three times as much later in a player's career if he continues to do well.
"That will only happen if it goes the way the players and responsible people plan.
"Individuals deal with the speculation in different ways. It's about how strong and structured you are in your own head about your career.
"I take the interest as a compliment but it doesn't change the situation. They are staying here.
"If our players are doing well then so are we. We still have to improve the players as individuals and as a collective."