The 52-year-old Richard Money has been charged with completely transforming Newcastle’s Youth set up, and that’s so important now that the clubâ€™s long-term vision is to develop young players, brought in from all over the world.
Â Richard Money – seems to have a good sense of his new job at Newcastle
Richard also wants to help identify and improve the sourcing and development of young local talent as a key priority in the next 10 years, and will challenge the local community to prove their commitment to the club, by helping the club achieve that goal.
Money talked to nufcTV today:
â€œThere is a lot of work to do and there is some real catching up that we have to do too,â€
â€œThe reality is the owner and the people that work with him have realized there needs to be more investment and therefore a higher profile attached to the youth set-up.“
â€œThat is not going to happen overnight but we need to start looking at things immediately.â€
Money has already been training with the 17 year-olds and older for a few weeks, and is due to see the 9 to 16 year-olds early next month, but he already believes there is a lot of improvement that can be made, and is also keen to recruit good local talent.
â€œGetting Newcastle people in the Newcastle team has to be our number one goal.”
“My job is to ensure we get the best young players we can get, and we will continue to recruit from around Europe and around the country.”
“But the ideal situation must be that theyâ€™re English and ideally from the local area. I think that is probably the case for every Premier League team, to be honest.”
â€œI think one of the things we have to do as quickly as we can is to get everyone on the same page and singing from the same hymn sheet.”
“That means looking at our organization and how things are done from the bottom up.”
“But people tell me everyone around here has black and white blood flowing through their veins. Well, we have to test that and make sure itâ€™s true.”
â€œSurely everyone in the area should be working in the same direction to ensure that the best coaches and players work within our organizationâ€
Good words from Richard there, and the Newcastle Academy has improved a lot over the last 2-3 years, since Glenn Roeder initially came in during June, 2005, to be the Academy manager, before becoming first team manager some 7 months later.
But in the last 3 seasons the youth team has reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup twice, and we’ve already signed 5 top youngsters in January, and expect to bring in even more young talent during this summer.
Owner Mike Ashley wants to set up the Newcastle system, like Arsene Wenger has done at Arsenal, and it’s not a bad model to follow.
Mike’s already released funds to bring the likes of Aaron Spear, Fabio Zamblera and Swindonâ€™s Ben Tozer into the Academy, and Money says he will continue to have cash to invest in young players.
â€œReally, we are interested in the long-term,â€Â â€œWhen we get the boys back in August I will look at the structure of the club from top to bottom, and look for us to be bringing in the people that we need to be bringing in.”
â€œTogether with schools and local boys clubs, we need to forge long-standing relationships that can develop the best young players right from a very young age group.â€
Money arrived at St Jamesâ€™ Park after being manager of League One Walsall, and the former Liverpool and Fulham defender wanted to return to youth development, mainly because of the commitment he saw from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Richard also has a good track record in youth football, since he has already worked at Aston Villa and Nottingham Forestâ€™s youth sides, and also oversaw Coventry Cityâ€™s Youth Academy.
But most of all Richard seems delighted to have landed the plum Newcastle job:
â€œIâ€™m delighted to be at Newcastle. Itâ€™s a job with massive potential, but thereâ€™s a lot of work to do and itâ€™s been a whirlwind first three or four weeks,â€
â€œPeople need to understand what my role is. I have come in to oversee everything â€“ to raise the profile of everything that we do, from under nine to the 20-21 year-olds.”
“That encompasses recruitment, it will be structure of the Academy, coaching and pretty much everything.â€Â â€œKevin Keegan and I will work very closely,â€ â€œWe have already held discussions and we will continue to do that.”
â€œWe want to embark on a process as quickly as possible to ensure that we produce as many first-team players as possible.”Â “Iâ€™m not sure how quickly that will happen. Itâ€™s a very long-term process, but there are some things that we can do to speed that up.â€
Now that we can have 7 substitutes next season, that will help to give the younger lads get some visibility to the first team.
But we like what we hear from Richard, and make no mistake, it’s a key job for this club in the coming seasons.