The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ray McCann

CH­ESTER­FIELD as­sis­tant man­ager Chris Mor­gan has sug­gested that all but four League One sides are ‘sell­ing clubs’ – with the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow just two weeks away.

Scouts from 13 sides, in­clud­ing Manch­ester City, Tot­ten­ham and de­fend­ing Premier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter, were at the ABAX Sta­dium to see the Spireites lose 5-2 to Peter­bor­ough United last week.

And in­stead of warn­ing big­ger clubs off his star play­ers, Mor­gan ad­mits they are open for busi­ness if enough money is on the ta­ble.

“If there is in­ter­est it means we’re do­ing some­thing right on the pitch,” he said.

“If the play­ers are play­ing well and peo­ple from above want to come and take them and buy them then we’ve got to deal with that.”

Mor­gan’s com­ments risk up­set­ting Ch­ester­field sup­port­ers – who are des­per­ate to see their side pull clear of a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle and se­cure their League One sta­tus.

But the 39-year-old says it is the same up and down the league, with bud­gets so tight.

“Ch­ester­field will al­ways be a sell­ing club, as most clubs are,” he added.

“There’s not many League One clubs who could turn down good money for play­ers.

“If you’ve taken a player on a free and he’s play­ing well some­one may of­fer good money for him. It’s not ideal for the man­age­ment to lose im­por­tant play­ers and it’s frus­trat­ing for sup­port­ers but if you’re tak­ing young lads and de­vel­op­ing them that’s what keeps the club go­ing.

“There’s prob­a­bly only four clubs in this di­vi­sion that wouldn’t have to sell play­ers.

“And even them, the teams at the top, if they get good bids for play­ers they move them on and then they re­cruit, use the money to strengthen.”

RE­AL­IST: Chris Mor­gan

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