Hughton eyes further additions

New Wigan boss Owen Coyle has appointed four new members to his

backroom staff.

Sandy Stewart has been confirmed as assistant manager, having

worked closely with Coyle at Bolton, Burnley and St Johnstone,

while former Latics keeper Phil Hughes becomes the club’s new

goalkeeping coach.

Andy Mitchell joins as head physiotherapist and James Barrow,

whose father Graham remains in the post of first team coach, takes

up a role as strength and conditioning coach.

“It was so important that we brought in the right personnel to

take up key roles at the club and I’m delighted to bring in people

who have proven themselves at the highest level and who I trust

completely,” Coyle said of the quartet, who all worked together at


“I know they’ll come here and do everything in their power to

bring success to Wigan Athletic, and I can’t ask any more than


Dennis Lawrence will remain as development squad coach but

Graeme Jones, Richard Evans, Iniaki Bergara and Kevin Reeves have

left the club.

The Uruguay international is still on leave after international

duty at the Confederations Cup but while he was in Brazil he made a

number of references to disliking the way he has been treated by

the British media while admitting it would be difficult to turn

down a move to Real Madrid.

However, there have been no offers for the 26-year-old and no

word from him or his representatives on whether he expressly wishes

to leave Anfield.

Suarez, who has three years left on a contract signed last

summer, is scheduled to return for the Australia and Thailand legs

of the Reds’ pre-season tour and the club do not want the

speculation to provide further distraction throughout the transfer


But Molby believes if Suarez is as unhappy with aspects of

British life as he claims to be then the Reds would be wise to sell

him on.

“The last thing you want is an unhappy player and Liverpool know

that,” Molby told BBC Radio Merseyside.

“They’ve been busy in the market (manager Brendan Rodgers has

made four signings already) and it appears they’re almost readying

themselves for life without Suarez.

“I think he’s made it pretty clear that he would like to try

something new, including playing at a club that’s in the Champions


“If that’s how he feels, the club has to do the business.”

There has also been speculation about goalkeeper Jose Reina,

also still on holiday after the Confederations Cup, and a return to


The arrival of Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet has raised further

questions about the Spain international’s future and Molby expects

both Reina and Suarez will leave before the end of August.

“I’d be surprised if both of them were here on September 1,” he


“Could you imagine Mignolet wanting to come to Liverpool and not


“He has his own ambitions and one of them is to be part of a

very exciting Belgian national team.

“In the first three or four years Pepe (Reina) was here he was

as good as the club’s ever had and as good as there was anywhere in

the world.

“He hasn’t quite been the same in the last couple of years but I

think he’s a great goalkeeper.

“Possibly the time has come for him to move on and if there’s an

opportunity for him back in Spain, so be it.”

While speculation continues about Liverpool’s senior players,

captain Steven Gerrard believes their rising stars have to shake

off their promising youngsters tag and prove they are good enough

to compete for a regular first-team place.

Seven academy graduates were given opportunities last season and

Gerrard thinks it is time some start to take more


“You only get described as a young lad for a certain amount of

time and then it’s time to become a man and perform on a consistent

basis,” he told LFC TV.

“There is great talent at the club at a young age; the manager

has been trying to get a young group of players together that can

perform well for him.

“It’s a big season for a lot of players – you look at (Raheem)

Sterling and (Jordan) Henderson.

“Of course it’s a big season for every player we’ve got, but I

think the supporters will be looking for the young lads to step up

now, try to push people out of the way and become regulars in the


“I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what happens with those

young players.”

And Hughton again insisted goalkeeper John Ruddy was not for


Redmond, 19, on Thursday became the Norfolk club’s third signing

of the summer when he moved from Birmingham, following the

permanent deal for on-loan Lazio defender Javier Garrido and a

record £8.5million transfer of Holland forward Ricky van


Norwich are expected to continue to be busy in the market, as a

£4.8m bid for Sweden attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen

is said to have been lodged with PSV Eindhoven, while Lokomotiv

Moscow’s £6m-rated Senegal striker Dame N’Doye and

Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson are two other reported targets

for Hughton.

England goalkeeper Ruddy, meanwhile, is very much on Chelsea’s

radar as new manager Jose Mourinho seeks cover for Petr Cech. The

Blues are understood to be ready to improve on their £5m

offer which was rejected. Captain Grant Holt has also been linked

with a move away from Carrow Road.

Hughton, however, stressed he was looking to further bolster his

squad ahead of their training camp in Austria and a three-match

pre-season tour to the United States.

“We have got no particular number on how many more will come in.

We are no different to anybody else. We won’t bring in unless we

feel it benefits us,” Hughton told a press conference.

“The target is always to bring in players as soon as possible to

integrate them into the squad.

“If you look across the Premier League some have done good

business, others have hardly done any. It really is about using the

period of time you are allowed in the best way. That means we are

allowed until the end of August, but I want to stress again it is

about adding to what we have and we are happy with what we have

here already. If we can do it earlier, then great.”

Hughton, though, went on the defensive when asked if bids had

been lodged for any of his key men.

The Norwich boss said: “No, and probably if there was I wouldn’t

say it.

“The best way is to conduct business behind closed doors.

“You see we have been able to present Ricky and Nathan as done

deals this week and that is fact.

“Around those sort of transfers there is only a small fraction

of what you hear that is actually fact. By far the vast majority is

very much speculation.

“If there has been interest in our players then that is a plus

as far as I am concerned because we must be doing something


“I think if there is speculation regarding players we want to

bring in it indicates we are attempting to do some work – some of

those names will come into the public domain, but the majority will


Norwich have seen some departures this summer, with several

fringe players moving on, such as striker James Vaughan who

yesterday signed a permanent deal with Huddersfield following a

loan spell at the Championship club.

Hughton, though, was disappointed not to have been able to

retain the services of highly rated goalkeeper Jed Steer, who

rejected a new deal to move on to Aston Villa where he will play

under former Canaries manager Paul Lambert.

Norwich are, however, entitled to compensation for the

20-year-old, who came through the club’s academy.

“I was sad to see him go,” said Hughton, who will now look to

bring in some goalkeeping cover. “We did offer him a contract, but

we all know that is the nature of the game.

“You can do your best that you can, but ultimately it is down to

the players.”