Reserves Important Cog In Newcastle Wheel Of Youth


Adam Sadler, Newcastle’s local lad, who is now manager of the Newcastle Reserves side, is an important cog in the Newcastle wheel of developing young stars at the club.

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Adam Sadler – Reserve Team manager has important role at the club

Adam took over the Reserves side mid-way through the season and has been impressive in the way he is getting the best out of the youngsters and preparing them for the future.

Add to that the fact that Kevin Keegan has sanctioned the Reserve side to play at St. James’ Park, and has attended almost every Reserve game since he arrived back, and the second string are now as important as they should be in a club dedicated to now developing young talent.

Sadler told the Shields Gazette today about how important playing at St. James’ Park is for the youngsters:

“We couldn’t have wished for a better venue in the world, as far as I’m concerned.”

“This is our church, as every Geordie fan, and every lad who plays for the club, understands.”

“They know how important this ground is, not only in terms of the quality of the pitch, but also the stature of the stadium.”

“It’s helped us enormously in terms of the quality of our football, and I’ll be speaking to the manager about that as soon as I possibly can.”

“With his backing, let’s hopefully get as many games on at St James’s Park as we can.”

“If you ever needed any proof, compare the quality of the football in our last game against Man United to how we played in the early part of the season at Kingston Park.”

“It has a huge impact, even in the players’ mindsets when they know they’re coming to St James’ Park.”

“It’s just that extra buzz surrounding the game.”

The sides that Adam was fielding towards the end of last season had average ages from 17 to 18, so nearly all the players were teenagers.

We expect 4-5 more top youngsters to arrive at the club this summer and the likes of Edgar, Tozer, LuaLua, Carroll and Kadar to be pushing for a first team start next season.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • Leo

    May 28, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    yes for the future, not for now, we need player to step up now or soonish i guess

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 28, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    It would be sooo kool to see some kids properly comin’ thru, for a change!..
    …It’s defo the right thing to do, lettin’ them play at SJP…Get ’em used to playin’ on a great surface (voted 2nd only to arse’s kenny everetts last season!)…& maybe it’ll encourage a few more fans to go see what’s goin’ on & lend their support?..

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  • irish_al

    May 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    i would like to se a mixture of youth players and senior players in the reserves, i think 2-3 senior players in each reserve game would help to bring more out of the young players

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  • Marty

    May 28, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #4

    I reckon Kazenga could light up the first team…
    He is definitely one of them that could step up.
    Better all round player that Milner and can cross the damn ball

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  • nomis_jade

    May 28, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    lualua, is not better than milner yet. He could be but not yet.

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  • Bill F

    May 28, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Just as a matter of curiosity, where was Peter Taylor going to slot into this setup. Especially as AS is doing such a good job.

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  • Scott H11

    May 28, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Totally agree Irish-Al !

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  • Sav

    May 29, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Sadler must go! – he’s not a cockney.

    A local lad – like Carver before him – supposedly doing a great job, yet we hear Peter Taylor is replacing him.
    Surely it is as important to nurture young coaching talent as much as young playing talent. These are the blokes who will convince spotty teenage talents from around the globe that it matters to play for a black & white shirt. You can’t learn that and money can’t buy it.

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  • clinta

    May 29, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #9

    i hope some of the reserves will be pushing for spots in the first team squad and the away trips that come with it, because if we do continue to bring in a bunch than there’s not going to be enough room for them in the reserves

    plyers need games to develop after all?

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