Newcastle Stengthening Club at Every Level

Both Sam Allardyce and Chairman Chris Mort have discussed the need to strengthen the club at every level.


Chairman Chris Mort and Manager Sam Allardyce in deep conversation

We want to particularly increase our youth set-up and of course the priority is always the first team squad. But it was a shock on Monday when our Youth Side were beaten at their very first hurdle, in the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup.

The Academy side were on the receiving end of a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town, in front of the watching Sam Allardyce. We have of course just signed the very promising Ben Tozer from Swindon Town, and Sam talked about the boy today, and how they are going to handle him in the next year or two.

Allardyce said:

“He’s just a kid, that’s all. He’s been bought because he is very much one for the future.”

“We’ve always said we were trying to strengthen this club over the long-term and Tozer is an exciting young prospect, but he isn’t going to be involved with the first team immediately.”“The signing shows we are looking at ways to improve the strength of the playing staff at every level.”

“First we want him to stay here for two or three weeks, so that we can look at him and he can look at us. Then there is the possibility Ben will be allowed to go out on loan.”

We certainly think the club is on the right track, and we want to keep bringing you as much information on the behind the scenes activities that are going on at the club. We know there’s a lot going on, and it’s all good stuff. But we also know, of course, the priority is always the first team and how we are doing. Having won our last two games and are at home to Derby County on Sunday, we have an opportunity to get 3 wins in a row – and that’s not too bad either. 😀

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • gingergeordie

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1


  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Fact is if we are trying to be the arsenal it wont happen, i highly doubt our youth coaches and executives are anywhere near the standard of arsenals’

  • Bosck

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    why are we trying to be aresnal just cos we are buying young players with good potential. To me that is just taking an obvious approach for the future.

    Besides its not like copying arsenal cos he is english!!! 😉

  • Rich

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Im happy about the youth policy but ive got a bad feeling we are not going to spend a penny again in january, i think Mort and Ashley are going to be tightfisted with the chequebook and in all truth we cant afford to be if we want to catch up not only with the top 4 but the likes of Man City, Everton etc.

  • Kash2

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh yeah, it won’t work so lets all go out buy Football Manager and win the champiosn league with Newcastle in the second season after doing the treble in the first!

  • Kash2

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Infrastructure gives you a platform, once you have a platform you can improve the standard. If you don’t have a platform you can’t improve anything!

  • Kash2

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    We’re putting in place a platform so that we have something to build from. 10 years ago, some unkown French bloke started buying young French kids that even the French hadn’t heard of. A few season later they sell this French kid for £25m to Real Madrid!

  • t-g-w

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree this is juts good business (common) sense! Look at Spurs – bought KNOWN good young English talent like Carrick, Robinson, Defoe, (Lennon) and push up the table very quickly. Unfortuneatelt, their defence is worse than ours. What I’m saying is, we’re not trying to be Arsenal, we’re just moving forward in the right direction!

  • jenson button

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    we beat boro 4-1 or otherwise in reserves

  • ToonKing

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    no, we lost to Boro 4-1 in a practice match.

  • Leo

    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #11

    if we build on the long term, our coaches etc. can be as good as the arsenal coaches.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 19, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    were doing nothing that shouldnt be done at the highest level .
    nice to see we brought in an english lad , and i hope that trend continues .
    as nice as arsenals youth are , they are just breeding resentment due to the lack of english , its going to hurt them in the long run if current opinion continues , not that im gainst the odd foreigner , but what arsenal do in an english league is shocking .

  • Adam B

    Dec 19, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #13

    this is great news – that The manager and the Chairman are going in the smae direction and the right direction!

    The future is bright my friends!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 19, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #14


  • Tripp

    Dec 19, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Hadrian, I really don’t get the foreigner business. You want the best football to watch, right? Football is a global sport and England has but a wee percentage of the world’s population. You do, however, have piles of dosh to sling around, which means you can afford the best talent available. England simply can’t provide all of that talent. If you want top notch Football, you’re going to have to accept “diluted” teams. Diluted in English blood yes, but better football for it. It’s your (England’s) choice.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 19, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #16

    If the Toon win something in my lifetime they can do it fielding 11 aliens from another galaxy for all i care!..Are we english or Geordie?..
    …Howay the Lads!..

  • Len

    Dec 20, 2007 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #17

    All of this is good stuff and essential if we are ever going to be competitive. We are playing catch up here not moving ahead.

  • mark

    Dec 20, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    to strengthen the reserves, they need to sign a good striker to push ameobi well and truly out, im a goal getter and scored 1000 goals for walker central, sign me up sonny jim.


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