Hughton in no rush to decide on Forster's fate
Paul Lambert will have to be patient in his pursuit of Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The keeper's manager, Chris Hughton, says he has yet to decide whether or not to loan out the 22-year-old again next season, after his successful campaign at Carrow Road.
Paul Lambert will have to be patient in his pursuit of Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
The keeper's manager, Chris Hughton, says he has yet to decide whether or not to loan out the 22-year-old again next season, after his successful campaign at Carrow Road.
City boss Lambert is keen to get Forster back for the Championship campaign, but already faces competition for his signature, with Leeds said to be interested.
The hope in Norfolk is that Newcastle's promotion to the Premier League, along with Hughton's options for the number one jersey, Forster's desire to play regular first team football and his admission that he would welcome a return to Carrow Road, will all prove to be factors in Lambert's favour.
The final decision will rest with Hughton, who admits he is in the driving seat.
'We've got Steve Harper and two good young goalkeepers - Fraser and Tim Krul - and it's a good position to be in,' he said.
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'I've got to make decisions around that, but every club wants to be able to be in that position.'
Hughton has to decide who goes out for experience and who stays in his Premier League squad.
'I'm not under pressure to make any decisions now,' he said.
'This is the start of the summer period, and there's a fair amount of time before we go into the pre-season period. I have to make a lot of decisions around that, but the most important thing is not to make those decisions as quickly as possible.'
t Wigan's general manager John Benson will leave at the end of this month after 10 years at the club.
In two spells at the club, between 1995 and 2002, and then 2006 until now, the former Norwich City player has also been assistant manager and also briefly took charge of the first team in 1999/2000. However, current boss Roberto Martinez wants to bring in his own man to work alongside him so Benson has stepped down.