Richard In The Money At Newcastle

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.


 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 James’ Park including former Leeds United midfielder Alan Thompson, who we reported last week has been appointed to coach the club’s under-15s and under-16s sides.

We’re not too sure what happens now to Academy manager Joe Joyce,  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:

“It is a wonderful job and I’m relishing the chance to get started,”

“This 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.”

“I have enjoyed my break (since leaving Walsall) – 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.”

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    we have added more additions to the backroom staff than the playing staff.

    still its encouraging to have a long term strategy

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Welcome Richard!..
    …& all the best mate!..

    …Toon, Toon!..

  • Graeme

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    errrrr but who is he?? Whats he done?? What experience does he have in developing up and coming players???

    More facts needed Ed!!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s been all over the place Graeme, check out…Or

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Just have a look at his wiki. Seems to be a very experienced lower league manager. The fact that he had previous experiences in the youth level with both Villa and Conventry is also a good thing to know…Glad he is not just a mate of someone’s.

  • Davies

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Won’t care about this for a few years yet.

    Any transfer news?

    The Aimar rumour has resurfaced again I notice.

  • Graeme

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Thanks guys, will check it out.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d take Aimar for the right price!..Still think he’s got somethin’ to offer & reckon he’d be right up for the challenge of the premiership, don’t you Davies?..

  • broon ale

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    aimar and lennon will do for me.

    despite the lennon doubters i think he is good enough. He is only 21, still a baby.

  • AZ

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree Aimar would be a great signing

  • Marat18

    Jun 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    if the price is 4-6mill as it was mentioned, then we should snap Aimar asap. my favourite player.

    just a thought – may be Aimar is the type of a player KK was himself?
    so that’s why we are after him?

    Upd. Havent’ seen KK plays, but don’t why just thought about it.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    New name, new face.

    Seen as hes in charge of the younger generation at Newcastle, does anyone know which players Mooney has influenced in the past?

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    I still have doubts about Aimar.

    I know he was fantastic in the past, but he seems to be well below par in the last few years.

    Still KK can get the best out of most players and we do need a creative midfielder

  • Nev

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    good apointment … always a good decision to appoint lower league managers as prem academy managers … just look what a good job glenn roeder did while he was academy chief … carrol, edgar, forster, huntington and lualua on the verge of the first team now (well obv not huntington lol)

  • Jimmie

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Richard has also been manager at AIK in the Swedish top division Allsvenskan. Didnt do to well and besides, AIK is local rivals to my favourite team in Sweden – DjurgÃ¥rden so I wasnt to sad to see them doing not so well but hopefully he still has some contacts in Sweden who can scout some talants for our youthteam, witch seems to be the only area besides the bordroom that gets additions…

  • Sav

    Jun 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Great to get someone in as overall boss of anything below first team level, instead of youngsters passing through various coaches on their way to (usually) being dismissed, too late, at 21 or so. Now the club are making their mind up sooner, no-one is just filling a space in the reserves without having the potential to make it through to the first team and there will be a strategy for how we play football and treat youngsters from start to finish. Thomo could be a good coach, too.

  • Leo

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #17

    we are bloody good at getting back room staff in, how about some players soon? 🙂


    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Nice to see him doing some cheap advertising for Walsall FCs own brand of bottled water!

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Always thought Huntington looked half decent to be honest – hope it wasn’t just Fat Sam screwing up again that got rid of him.

  • clinta

    Jun 25, 2008 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Aimars been one of my favourite players for a few years now, but i’m not sure he’d do a job for us at newcastle, at his current age and playing out of form i feel it might be a bit much for him to adapt well to the premiership?

    that said he’s a brilliantly gifted player, so if his cheap i think his worth a chance over alot of others.


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