It’s been known for about a week now, but Newcastle United have now officially appointed former Walsall manager Richard Money as the new Newcastle Academy Director.
Â Richard Money – new Director of the Newcastle Academy
This will be a key role at the club, as he develops the younger talent that will be the key to Newcastle’s prolonged success.
Money will now oversee every one of the Newcastle youth sides from under-nine level through to the reserve side.
The reserve side will become an important building ground for the best of Newcastle’s youth, and even last year the average age of the team fielded towards the end of the season was 17.
Money will now lead a large staff at St Jamesâ€™ Park including former Leeds United midfielder Alan Thompson, who we reported last week has been appointed to coach the clubâ€™s under-15s and under-16s sides.
We’re not too sure what happens now to Academy manager Joe Joyce,Â but it could well be he remains at the club reporting to Money.
The 52 year-old Money, who was born in Lowestoft, talked about the job today:
â€œIt is a wonderful job and Iâ€™m relishing the chance to get started,â€
â€œThis was too big a club to turn down. I have enjoyed being a manager for the last four years but this job at Newcastle is too big a challenge and too big an opportunity to turn down.”
â€œI have enjoyed my break (since leaving Walsall) â€“ it was a very tough two years with a lot of hard work to do.”
“And while I enjoyed being a manager this is at a different level and it is something I am relishing. I am really looking forward to it.â€
It seems like Newcastle were trying to tempt Peter Taylor, the former Leicester City and England Under-21 manager to the job, but Peter elected to take the manager job at Wycombe Wanderers.
Money has already managed Newcastle , he managed the Australian club, the Newcastle Jets from 2005-2006.
Money has a big job on his hands, but it’s another cog in the wheel of taking Newcastle United back to greatness again.
We welcome Richard to the club and wish him the very best in his new important endeavor.