Newcastle United To Establish Youth Academy In France


It seems that Newcastle are being extra vigilant with their transfers these days, by ensuring the Tyneside club pays up front for their players, something that is almost unheard of in today’s world of football.

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Derek Llambias – Youth Academy to be founded in France

And of course not something Newcastle are used to doing, since we are still paying the transfer fees of some players who have long since left us.

Newcastle may pay up front for the players coming to Newcastle, so the club immediately owns the player outright. but that is not being reciprocated by other clubs, not even by moneybags, Manchester City.

Newcastle sold Charles N’Complainer to Wigan Athletic for £6M and will receive (only) around £5.9M from Manchester City for top goalkeeper Shay Given.

However, reports in The Times suggest that the first instalment for the Ireland goalkeeper will not be received until this summer.

Of course the Youth Academy and the concentration on youth development at Newcastle, is just one strategy that seems to be getting into full swing.

However, news today from Derek Llambias that Newcastle will establish a brand new Youth Academy in France, and are also expanding the Magpies’ scouting network, specifically in Brazil and the Scandinavian countries.

Newcastle Managing Director, Derek Llambias, has revealed today that £5M has already been spent on the Academy playing staff.

The Newcastle club are aiming high it seems , and want to get back into the European Champions League, by getting back into the top four in the Barclays’ Premier League. That’s something the club hasn’t done since the great Bobby Robson managed the club.

Llambias talked about the top four this afternoon:

“Why not?” “We want to be solid competitors at the top. That’s the way we’re going. We aim to be knocking on the door again.”

“We have plans for the club and we are taking them forward.”

“When we took over we had repair work to do and holes to fill. That has been a huge step.”

“We didn’t think the club had any foundation, there was a poor academy and we are now building for the future.”  “We’re not neglecting the club.”

This sounds like a good use of money, and it will be interesting to see in the summer, which new youngsters are brought to Tyneside.

Newcastle are still pursuing Caio Ferreira, the 18 year-old star Brazilian striker, and he will be on his way this summer, once all the paper work gets handled.

He will go straight into the first team squad, he’s that good.

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136 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 25, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #1

    i like this idea and personally have been banging on about trying to bring more players through our academy for ages

    though it would be nice if we could get more info on this french academy such as

    when will it be built
    where about it will be built
    how it will coincide with our current academy
    the level of players they are looking to bring through
    how fa r they will scout for youngsters to go in the academy

    though i will accept that plans are still in the early stage

    though i am sure llambias just said he was just expanding their scouting network their

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Why France?

    Build it in the Ivory Coast, Ghana or Nigeria.

    It will be better there because:

    1. We wont cause uproar in a country with lots of academies already.
    2. They need it in Africa.
    3. We are more likely to get the best players in that country because of less competition.

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  • Toronto_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #3

    The Times’ comment was illuminating: paying all the money up front doesn’t make sense unless one is trying to make the club attractive to another buyer.

    This is speculation of course, but it is odd when a club doesn’t observe the transfer procedures of other clubs, even the wealthiest ones like Man City…

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #4

    The whole work permit situation would put them off Africa I would have thought, Tom Toon.

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t see how paying up front would make the club attractive to a buyer as they will have to pay Ashley the extra money up front rather than over a period of years to other clubs.

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #6

    LW post 5……

    exactly mate……

    it also makes it more attractive to the selling club therefore we would probably get the transfer through at a better price…good business

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe Little Wille, but why France?!?! We’d be competin with oads of established academies.

    Create and Academy in a eastern european country with EU citizenship. Romania or Bulgaria perhaps?

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  • Toon Down Under

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Well I find this all quite surprising! You have teams like Ajax, Breven, & Lokeren who have been using their sponsored youth academys for years with a high degree of success, & your telling me that Newcastle are now just discovering Youth Academies!

    Is it a wonder that Newcastle get laugh at time & time again!

    But it is a good idea, & the club should rock n roll with great haste!

    By the way, Tom_Toon, Youth Camps in Africa? Its a good idea, but I suppose will build it next to Chelsea’s & Arsenal’s camp!

    Central America is the place to building a camp NUFC!

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Better price could be one thing, also not wanting to get caught out by the change in the exchange rate between GBP and the Euro is likely to be another which has shot up around 30% since the Summer.

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #10

    I didnt even see anything in this article to suggest we are building a youth academy in France…

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Beveren aren’t using the academies mucb now. I think they have cuyt ties with ASEC. Charlton are affiliated with them now.

    Why central america? Mexico has loads, where else? Costa Rica or Honduras and really the only others.

    Where are Chelsea and Arsenals ACADEMIES in Africa then?

    I dont know of many, I know they do little camps and competitions, but not a permanent academy there.

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom_Toon // Feb 25, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Maybe Little Wille, but why France?!?! We’d be competin with oads of established academies.

    Create and Academy in a eastern european country with EU citizenship. Romania or Bulgaria perhaps?

    ———–

    I’m not really sure but there does seem a lot of potential in France compared to other countries, you also get a lot of players from African decent that grow up in France which could be what they are aiming for.

    African players have a lot of qualities that are needed for the Premiership, they are usually good athletes with the size and strength needed.

    This could be a way of tapping into that market without having to deal with the red tape of getting them work permits at the end of it all.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m personally very happy with this, and hope we can make a couple others down the years. TT, although we’ll be competing with them, atleast we’ll be in the market. I’d also like to hear more information on this.

    Our youth development is becoming that of a highly established top club. This will reflect on our first team in the foreseeable future and long term. We just need some more quality for right now.

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  • Joseph

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #14

    lw my thinking as well a lot of african players in prem have come via route of france (beye and drogba spring to mind) its a good way of getting youngsters from different footballing cultures having acedemies in other countrys just a pity it took so long for the club to realise (i blame fat freddie for the acedemys neglect)

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #15

    ive really enjoyed national BASSONG day today!

    happy BASSONG day toon fans!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #16
  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #17

    But top French players, whether they be of African, Polish or whatever decent are going to want to go to Calirefontaine and other academies before us.

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  • DJG

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Why dont we build an academy on the border of Brazil and Argentina lol.

    Yey it’s my birthday. Tho you dnt give a f### that it’s my birthday.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #19

    we should look closer to home for young talent, im sure there is top talent in OUR own leagues but i like the idea of a academy in france

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #20

    djg how old ?

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  • DJG

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #21

    21.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #22

    enjoy you day!

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  • DJG

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #23

    thanks man.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Build an academy in Ciudad Del Este (borders Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina)

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #25

    btw ED, is caio ferriera going in the 1st team squad? where you hear this?

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  • Simo

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Is that your 21 or celebrating the fact that you’ve go the 21st comment!? Haha.
    Na, happy birthday mate, hope its a good one for you.
    Hope the lads can give you a extra present on sunday!!
    Keep the faith!

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Ryan – how pissed off do you reckon Metz are for letting him go for such a low price?

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #28

    tomtoon, id love us to build one in south america, we could have the best argies and brazilians 😉

    how about a bid for kerrison 😉

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  • Toon Down Under

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #29

    I think the french youth secret is out of the bag now, & the premier league is an ever changing league. I can’t think too many great signings from France since 2005 really, of course Bassong has been great due to the price, but still players like Fraubert, Malouda, Digard, Dialby & Cisse haven’t set the premier league alight.

    Premier League is becoming technical now, & your Latin players are starting to find success like Valencia & Palacios.

    Latin America is still relatively untapped, & there is a serious lack of Football development in those countries. A professional run academy would pump gems consistently!

    How many dutch players are born in Surinam?

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #30

    tom1664

    metz must of been desperate for some sort of cash and just accepted but they must be gutted, my worry is he will be snapped up by a top side like arsenal or milan

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Tom_Toon – isn’t that area rife with drug violence, people trafficking and corruption?

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  • DJG

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #32

    Tom_Toon // Feb 26, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Build an academy in Ciudad Del Este (borders Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina)

    U blatently just been on google maps. lol

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #33

    djg lol, i thought that

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  • Toon Down Under

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #34

    Why didn’t Newcastle do a youth camp 5 years ago?

    You can’t say its because of a lack of money, because we sign Luque for a mint, but the bastard is scoring for Malaga now!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #35

    albert luque i rated but hes injury at the start didnt help

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  • workyticket

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Toon Down Under // Feb 25, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    “Well I find this all quite surprising! You have teams like Ajax, Breven, & Lokeren who have been using their sponsored youth academys for years with a high degree of success, & your telling me that Newcastle are now just discovering Youth Academies!”

    Keegan more or less ditched the academy idea in his previous stay Toon Down Under, so it had to be rebuilt.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #37

    my team for bolton

    bassong

    bassong bassong bassong bassong

    bassong bassong bassong bassong

    bassong bassong

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  • Toon Down Under

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #38

    I hate Albert Luque, he had the worse attitude! At least Xisco still seems to have faith in his future, although the coaching staff don’t!

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  • Toon Down Under

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #39

    Ryan has got a point! It would be at least a cleansheet!

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #40

    Not many goals in that team ryan, but at least it’ll scare the shite out of their CF’s

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