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Lee Bradbury aims to keep key players at Bournemouth

Lee Bradbury
Bradbury has made 16 appearances for Bournemouth this season

Bournemouth caretaker boss Lee Bradbury says he has the full backing of chairman Eddie Mitchell as he looks to retain key players at the club.

Marvin Bartley, Jason Pearce, and Marc Pugh have all been linked with moves away from Dean Court, but Bradbury believes he can keep the team together.

"It's likely we'll keep them as we don't want to ruin what we have here," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"The chairman says he wants to keep the ship steady and keep everyone here."

The move to reassure the fans comes after speculation that midfielder Bartley and Bournemouth captain Pearce would be making a move to Championship outfit Scunthorpe.

Top scorer Pugh, who has bagged 11 goals for the Cherries this season, has also been linked with several clubs after his successful move from Hereford in the summer.

I think we've got more than enough to do well in this league, which we've proved so far

Bournemouth caretaker manager Lee Bradbury

"If big bids come in it's his decision to make but I just want to concentrate on keeping what I've got," added Bradbury.

"I think we've got more than enough to do well in this league, which we've proved so far.

The Cherries striker, who has made 16 appearances for the club this season, hung up his boots on Sunday to become caretaker boss after Eddie Howe departed for Burnley.

Bournemouth were held to a 0-0 draw at Rochdale in Bradbury's first match in charge and they face League One leaders Brighton this weekend.

"It's a game I feel we can get a result in whether that's one point or all three," he said.

"We're going to give it a good go, that's all we can do. It's at home so it's on us to win, they're a good side and they're in good form but so are we."



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