Youth Academy Best Thing At Newcastle Right Now

Derek Llambias has commented this morning on probably the most successful area of the club over the last couple of seasons – The Newcastle Youth Academy – which is now being run by Richard Money.


Richard Money – Newcastle Youth Academy Director

Youngsters like Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Kazenga LuaLua  and recently-signed Haris Vuckic, a 16-year-old Slovenian, and Samuel Adjei, a 17-year-old Swedish striker, are already tipped as stars of the future.

Richard Money, who runs the Newcastle Academy is also determined to bring through local talent and we have James Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier also coming through, the ranks.

We certainly have brought in a  lot of excellent youngsters over the last 13 months.

Llambias told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We want to build through our academy but there was no academy when we came in.” “It was very poor and we got Richard Money on board who is excellent.”

“Everybody is working together.” “You can’t have boys’ club teams that are better than your academy.”

“We want to get to all the schools and filter it through the centre of excellence then to the academy.” “We want to hit the North East as much as possible and scout the rest of the country and overseas.”

“Mike is happy to spend money and that’s what we are doing.” “We are spending money on the academy. This summer we spent £2M on kids who we feel should be doing well in the future.”

“Obviously we have to support our first team, but three or four years down the road some of the talent we have got in is fantastic.” “We’re very excited that they’ll make it and become part of the Newcastle United family.”

“We’ve spent money on the backroom staff of £1M. That will increase with the foundation and the centres of excellence as we grow.” “And we see our future with bringing in both home grown and international players.”

“We have got Haris Vuckic who everybody is very excited about.” “He could be an absolute star.”

Certainly everybody seems to be excited by midfielder Vuckic, and he could be one of the players, like James Milner at Leeds, or Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal, who start to play for the first team while he’s still a young teenager.

When Vuckic is playing for the U-18 side or the Reserves in Newcastle, we imagine quite a few Newcastle supporters will want to take a look at the youngster.

Newcastle has done very very well with youngsters over the last 12 months or so, but we still need to strengthen and expand our first team squad in the summer.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Tjodalf

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Any videos of this Vuckic playing?


    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Thru the Academy then on loan-Reserve team football is a complete waste of time.

  • robbbov

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    This is not something Money should take or be give credit for. Much of this is because of Wise unfortunately how we may ever feel about him. He should get the credit for this.

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh no……………we’re going to hype up Vuckic, just like our saviour Ranger!

    We should be excited about Carroll, Lua Lua and Kadar, they should do us for now. Everyone else of note is under 18!

    Ranger, Vuckic may well be 2-3 years away!

    Do people remember Chopra scoring left right and centre for our reserves and youth team?

    Would you pin your hopes on him now?


  • Martin

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    According to recent reports, Carrol has rejected the offer of a new contract for five years This is said to be for an undisclosed amount but building up to £10,000 over the period of the contract. He described the contract as derisory.
    I’ve no idea if this is true (it was reported in one of the local papers) but whatever you think of Carrol, the club valued him at £2m at the start of the season so if that’s the reward our young players have to look forward to, they’re hardly likely to look to the future with confidence.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Really? Didnt they get stuffed by man city in the youth cup. Oh dear!

  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Carrol is awful!!!!!!!!

  • Joseph

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    bennytoon, the man city acedemy is probably one of the best going so losing to them is hardly something to be ashamed of. Our acedemy had been badly neglected for years before ma came in, at least he’s done something right

  • geordie jock

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9


    Wise hasn’t done anything to get any credit for yet. If or when any of his players achieve success in the first team then we can give him some credit but we all know there is a big difference between success and failure.

  • Darling27

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    They didn’t get stuffed??? They Lost 3-2.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #11

    they were totally outplayed. Spurs youth progressed last night though. Mason,parrett,bostock,mpoku all played well. Arsenal in the next round.

  • MoorsleyMag

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Bennygoon are u such a sad pr*ck that you wait for new blogs here to post on FO back to the Spuds…..

  • MickMack

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #13

    We would go on a Spurs blog if we wanted to know how Spurs youth teams were getting on. But we have our own club to support.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #14

    mickmack- well you dont need to now thanks to me.

  • Tom1664

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Isn’t Vuckic in the first team for slovenia? He’ll be playing against england if so. Good chance to see what everyone is so excited about.

  • MickMack

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Well thanks Bennytoon for all the latest Spurs news – very kind of you.

  • Tom

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Your right, our academy is not as good as some as the best in the country, therefore its a waste of time.

    Don’t make me laugh, it has been neglected for years and it is finally, finally starting to show some signs of producing and nurturing some decent talent (LuaLua, Kadar, Soderberg, Ranger and Baheng, pre injury that is) so how about you give these guys sometime before we decide its an utter waste of money.

  • Little Willie

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #18

    The youth team has improved over the last few years but it’s the sort of thing that will take time to develop rather than just throwing money at it.

    Hopefully Boro go down and we can pinch some of their best young players from their academy, similar to how they got some of theirs from Sunderland when they went down.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Even if newcastle produce anyone good they arent in a position to keep them. Its just another way of making money for mad mike!

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 12, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20


    Vukic is 16, so isnt in the Slovenia first team. He played for his club and they got fined because he was too young to play.

    I saw Slovenia u21 play against england u21 last year i think and i was very very impressed as they seem to have abit of class about them, so if Vukic is the same, good times. You dont get an offer from AC Milan if you are a waste pf space.

    I like how the Swedish striker we signed has his eyes set on Barca already.

    With the amount of youngsters we have bene getting in, there have to be a few gems who will make the grade, but unfortunealy most of them will be playing out there footballing days against the likes of Oxford Utd and Gillingham.

    Any news on Ciao Ferrera?

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Would anyone be really that bothered if we brought someone through the ranks and we were able to sell them for millions? Or if we bought a player for pennies and then made millions on them like Arsenal did with Anelka?
    I know I wouldn’t and neither would many other teams in the PL, just ask spurs, eh benny?

  • bowburnmag

    Feb 12, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Didn’t someone say Vukic looked average the other day? I’m not knocking the kid but the lads who are suggesting erring on the side of caution are right. We’ve had high hopes for lads before and they never quite made it. No harm in doing what Micky Toon said though and making a few bob provided it’s reinvested. Spoke to Looney Toon at work the other day and he reckons Lua Lua was on fire the other night though, totally different gravy. He loves a positive story though does Loon. He’s doing a coaching stint down in Brum today. Nice weather for it.

  • robwnufc

    Feb 12, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #23

    benny hill… do you ever have anything pos to say ..knob

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Skjellbred played very well last night for Norway……..
    This is the guy we were talking about signing n he is a Geordie Fan seemingly.
    First time i seen him play well for the Norwegian National side

  • leekirtley

    Feb 12, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #25

    robwnufc bennytoon supports spurs hes not a nufc supporter the little wanke r

  • workyticket

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #26

    leekirtley // Feb 12, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    “bennytoon i wish you would just die im sick off hearing youre drivel you smelly little J E W”

    Less of the obnoxious, bigoted sh*te you disgusting little idiot.

  • Sharrow

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #27


    Could leekirtley please be banned as he is a disgusating small minded anti-semtic wanker?


  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #28


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