Grimsby boss Ian Holloway is fuming with Chelsea they made enquiries over duo Louis Boyd and Ben Grist.
We spent some serious money in the transfer window bringing in players that would make an immediate impact on the first team, but there was also some speculation in the media that highly-rated Grist and Boyd were also on the shopping list.
But after reports emerged that the club made contact about possible deals, Holloway has opened up and slammed the club and Liverpool for making enquiries.
Speaking to Grimsby Live, he said: “Am I surprised at that? No I’m not surprised at that. Am I fuming about it? Yeah.
“These big wigs who want to take over football on the sly, they’ve already got rules passed that they’re category A clubs, and they can steal those lads off us very, very cheaply, because it suits them again doesn’t it?
“Those rules were passed by who? The academy set-up is run by people who have got enough money to have all those things in place to get a tick in the box for category A.
“They’ve all got it because they’ve all got the money, and that means they can take those boys off me. I want to play them when they’re 15 because they’re good enough, and when will they ever play for them? I’m going to have to wait and see.
“I knew it would be a risk, but I don’t really care, because I care about those boys and I want to get them in my team, and I’ll teach them as good as any one of those clubs will, if not better in my opinion.
“That’s what I’ll be telling their parents. Whether they listen to me I don’t know, but I can prove one thing. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
“Look at my goalscorers the other night – 19, 19 and 21. They might not all be mine, but I’m telling you I’m in the game to make all these young gentlemen fantastic people first and fantastic players.
“I can do it better than any one of those clubs, because a lot of their brilliant young lads aren’t in their team are they?”