Hughton eyes further additions
New Wigan boss Owen Coyle has appointed four new members to his
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
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
“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
“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
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 Â£8.5million transfer of Holland forward Ricky van
Norwich are expected to continue to be busy in the market, as a
Â£4.8m bid for Sweden attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen
is said to have been lodged with PSV Eindhoven, while Lokomotiv
Moscow’s Â£6m-rated Senegal striker Dame N’Doye and
Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson are two other reported targets
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 Â£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
“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