Molby: Reds must sell Suarez

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.”