Good to hear yesterday, some good and positive statements, from our new Newcastle United Academy Director Richard Money.
Â Richard Money – holds an important job at the club
The former Walsall boss, who will hold an important job at the club in developing the many top class youngsters we will continue to sign, said yesterday that he was convinced about taking the Newcastle job by club owner Mike Ashley.
Mike has received some bad publicity over the last couple of weeks, which is probably unfair and certainly unfounded.
We have to assume Mike doesn’t want to sell the club, and that there are rascals out there only too happy to destabilize the club, for what reason we have no idea.
Richard said yesterday:
“The owners here are in it for the long haul.”
“And it was the commitment of Mike Ashley here that made me come to the Academy.”
“There aren’t any other jobs that could have tempted me out of management.”
“But I was impressed by the owner’s belief in the development of young players locally and in Europe.”
One thing we’ll be going for big time next year will be the FA Youth Cup. We reached the semi-finals in 2006 and 2007, but last season surprisingly fell at the first hurdle, when we went down 1-0 to Shrewsbury Town at St. Jamesâ€™ Park in December.
We last won the FA Youth Cup back in 1985, when we took Watford apart 4-1 in the final, and a certain young Paul Gascoigne was in the team.
But with the new youngsters we now have at the club. we surely will have a good chance next season of reaching the latter stages of the tournament.
That will be only one of the measurements of judging how good a job Money is doing at the club.
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