Manager Chris Hughton was at Villa Park last night, and witnessed excellent displays from youngsters Amble-born Phil Airey, Swede Samuel Adjei and Ashington-born defender and captain Jeff Henderson.
Jeff Henderson – Newcastle captain had great game
Chris talked today about how a good youth policy is now required by top clubs:
“The game has changed.”
“What you see at Manchester City and what you saw at Chelsea a few years ago, even Chelsea with the owner they have – they are not investing the sort of money they were a few years ago.”
“That’s the way the game has gone. There generally isn’t the money around and clubs do have to live within their means.”
“They have to work hard on a youth policy and bring players through.” “That’s the realistic side of the game now.”
Newcastle started a couple of years ago with their new youth policy and it’s good that Chris is following the youngsters, because it means an awful lot to the lads, when top players and the manager himself goes along to see the youngsters play.
They appreciate that and I am speaking from first hand experience on this, since a few eons ago I was a young player at the club back in the early 1960s.
Newcastle will be hoping that some of their top youngsters will continue to come through the Youth ranks and save the club a ton of money over the next few years.
We certainly have some top youngsters at the Newcastle club at the moment – and we think that’s just great.