Glenn: Keep It Constant

Glenn Roeder insists that he is not looking for a huge turnover of players this summer - and stresses that he will not be selling his best players.

Glenn, somewhat tired of stories concerning Fredi Kanoute recently, says:

"There is nothing to report; the speculation does become a little bit annoying, but, it is a back-handed complement that we have a group of players that are valuable.

"The fortunate thing is that, although I have little if any money to spend in the transfer market - which is probably the same as a dozen or more clubs in the Premiership this season - the important thing is I don't have to sell any of those players.

"So, no matter what bids come in, they will be turned down; in effect, what I am saying is that anyone bidding for our players is wasting their time."

Glenn feels that a constant chopping and changing doesn't do anyone any good and says:

"We have got to have some continuity at the club if we are going to have a similar sort of season next year, and hopefully a little bit better.

"The gap between sixth and seventh is 11 points, and 11 points is massive, so really we have hit a maximum this year in finishing seventh.

"To have a similar season we have got to maintain the players that we have got; you can't keep buying five or six new players every year and selling five or six - if that happens the team will never be settled.

"It takes a year or two to get to know each other's play; Arsene Wenger has said himself that his team has come really good this year because the everyone has got to know each other.

"Last year Arsenal didn't have a great away record, yet in one close season they have gone into this year and have become the first team to go through a Premiership season not to have a defeat on their travels.

"Last year, by their high standards, they have struggled away from home, and we can't go down that road of selling two or three players and then keep buying two or three players.

"We want to keep what we have got and add to that gradually."