Ben Foster 39 texted Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsdale for advice before making retirement decision
Foster, 39, just announced his retirement from competitive football. The former England international retires with three Premier League winners medals, three League Cups, one of which he won with Birmingham City in 2011, and 523 appearances.
Foster, on the other hand, had an audacious opportunity to extend his career, with Newcastle United willing to recruit the seasoned shot-stopper on the terms he asked. Foster asked colleague goalkeeper and close friend Ramsdale, who spent one full season under Howe at Bournemouth, about life under Howe to ensure he had as much knowledge as possible.
“I texted Aaron Ramsdale and asked,’mate, how’s Eddie Howe?'” Foster explained on the ‘Fozcast’ podcast. “I was thinking, ‘is he a good guy, is he a kind manager,’ and everything like that.”
“I was also wondering, ‘How does he work?'” ‘Fozzy, he’s a fantastic dude!’ he texted me back right immediately. He’s an outstanding gentleman!’
“‘What he usually does is give the team a day off on Sunday. You could get a day off throughout the week or something.’
“But he’s a fantastic man, and you’ll adore playing for him.” Despite Ramsdale’s favorable recommendation, Foster felt it was time to retire from Premier League football.
The former Watford and West Brom stopper stated he couldn’t relocate up north since it would mean leaving his family in the Midlands. Newcastle were seeking for a new back-up goalkeeper at the moment after incumbent No.2 Karl Darlow sustained a long-term injury in training.
The Toon quickly moved on from their failed pursuit of Foster to sign former Liverpool No.1 Lloris Karius.