The best thing Mike Ashley has done at Newcastle is set up a good strategy for the Newcastle Academy with a concentration on bringing in good young players who we can then hopefully develop into stars, which follows the very successful Arsenal path over the last 10 years.
Richard Money – Newcastle Academy Director
Keith Harris, executive chairman of Seymour Pierce bank talked about what Mike has done at Newcastle:
“Mike bought the club and did it for the right reasons but it hasn’t worked out. But Mike’s done a lot of good things there, not least getting the academy in place.”
“In days gone by too few promising young players from the area have been captured by Newcastle and Mike has laid plans to change that.”
England Under 21 defender Steven Taylor is the only player in the current side who have come through the ranks, but Newcastle are now structured to build a pipeline of good young players, and we hope we can maintain that strategy under the new owners.
“Manchester United and Arsenal put a lot of time and money into their academies and Newcastle are doing that now but you don’t just click your fingers for it to happen overnight.”
“Having a thriving academy will enrich Newcastle in the future.”
As part of the youth effort a new recruitment team was put in place that was to scour the world for top young talent, and also help get players for the first team. We still like that structure.
But the downfall of Ashley was that he allowed that system to get out of control, and suddenly the recruitment team were apparently deciding on who we should buy – which was Mike’s big mistake.
It didn’t help that Chris Mort had been replaced by Kevin Llambias in the summer, who seems not to have had a clue on how to run a football club – apart from that he was good in his job.
We think Mike was let down by Derek and others, and we all know the effects that has had on the famous club.
Oh well, that’s water under the bridge now, and we have to look ahead to better times, which will surely come, won’t they?