Molby: Reds must sell Suarez
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