Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Newcastle

Monday, 28 April 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 2 Swansea

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Pardew: Forster wanted out

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says Fraser Forster's ambition forced the club to reluctantly part with his services.

Last Updated: 13/11/13 at 10:16 Post Comment

Fraser Forster: Switch to Celtic has helped to earn international recognition

Fraser Forster: Switch to Celtic has helped to earn international recognition

The Magpies sanctioned the sale of Forster to Celtic in 2012 after seeing him take in two productive loan spells at Parkhead.

Having got the taste for regular first-team football in Scotland, Forster was reluctant to return to St James' Park and fill back-up duties to Tim Krul.

Pardew admits he had been hoping to talk the towering shot-stopper around, but now concedes that a man who stands on the brink of a first senior cap for England probably made the best call for his career.

He said: "Let's get one thing straight about Fraser, we didn't want to lose him. But he was absolutely adamant that he wanted first-team football and we couldn't provide him with that.

"At the time, we just felt that Tim had the edge. Since then, there's no doubt Fraser has progressed at Celtic.

"It was a great move for him because it's opened the door to a lot of European football. He's done terrific in a lot of those games."

On the qualities which have brought Forster to the attention of England coach Roy Hodgson and could see him make his Three Lions bow against either Chile or Germany, Pardew added: "Fraser is such a big frame in the goal, and that's probably his biggest asset.

"He can reach right into the corners of the goal to make fabulous saves when others might struggle to get up there.

"We're all chuffed for him because we really liked him as a guy. Unfortunately, it was just a case of the timing not really working out.

"I only had him for a short period, but he was always a confident guy, very assured about his ability.

"I think he's a very intelligent boy and that will stand him in good stead if he is selected to play for England at some stage."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Transfer News: Leeds striker Ross McCormack waiting on contract talks

Leeds United striker Ross McCormack is waiting to see if new owner Massimo Cellino will offer him a new contract.

Premier League: No Manchester City hangover, insists Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City will keep fighting for the Premier League title, despite their week to forget.

Sherwood keen to keep Eriksen

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hopes the club can keep hold of Christian Eriksen in the summer.

Mail Box

'Tactically Inept And Lacking In Belief And Style'

It's fair to say that the 'Moyes Out' brigade is understandably out in force, whilst there are also staunch defences of Mourinho and Arteta. Plus, Liverpool fans can almost taste it.

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property