Jason Tindall insists he would not have taken the Bournemouth job if there was about to be a fire sale of the club’s best players.
Bournemouth have already lost defender Nathan Ake who made a £41m move to Manchester City following their Premier League relegation.
They have rejected a £12m offer from Sheffield United for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale while forward Josh King, who has just a year left on his contract, is likely to be allowed to leave.
Meanwhile striker Callum Wilson and winger David Brooks are keen to remain in the Premier League.
Bournemouth are not under pressure to sell and will not let any of their stars leave on the cheap.
Tindall, promoted after being Eddie Howe’s No2 at Bournemouth and Burnley since 2009, said at his unveiling: ‘If the club said there is going to be a fire sale and “you’re going to end up losing eight or nine players” I wouldn’t be sitting in this seat.’
Tindall revealed his 10 year-old son Levi, a promising goal-scoring winger in the club’s academy, was among those putting pressure on him to take the job after Howe called him during their family holiday to confirm he was stepping down.
Tindall’s bid to lead Bournemouth to Championship promotion will begin on September 12 and he warned his players’ admirers against making late moves to prise them away.
Tindall said: ‘These things you don’t put a timescale on because you don’t know from one day to the next.
‘[But] the later it goes on the more difficult it becomes for the respective team to sign them and for the club to let them go.’