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Blackburn chairman Williams: New manager won't lose stars

Blackburn chairman John Williams has promised the club's next boss that Rovers will do all they can to hold on to their top stars this summer.

Williams is in the process of finding a successor to Mark Hughes and said whoever the new manager is, he can be assured that Blackburn will not become a "selling club".

Sam Allardyce, Alan Shearer, Steve McClaren and Paul Ince have all been linked with the job but Williams is refusing to discuss any names.

Williams said: "One of the plusses the new manager can expect is the backing he will get from me and the club.

"We have resisted offers for Ryan Nelsen, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Jason Roberts, David Bentley, Benni McCarthy in the past - the list goes on.

"What we have tried to do is keep what we have got and gradually build the squad and I don't see that changing when the new man comes in.

"There's a world of difference between a club who can't spend multi-millions but can keep their players and one that has to sell. We don't have to sell our players."

England midfielder Bentley and Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz are among those being touted for possible transfers. Williams accepts that if a player wants to move it is difficult to keep him but insisted no decisions on the squad will be made until the new manager is appointed.

"The new manager may come in and say we should sell this player or that one," added Williams.

"But for four years with Sparky, the policy was one of stability and trying to discretely add to the squad.

"The one thing the new manager can expect is exactly that degree of backing again."

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