Hughton’s Contacts Ensure Top Youngsters Arrive At Newcastle


Chris Hughton is a very sensible guy, and he and Colin Calderwood are now starting to build some relationship on Tyneside and Northumberland, with other clubs in the immediate area.


Chris Hughton – forming good football relationships in the area

Hughton and Calderwood, as one example, are working with the Northern League management duo at Ashington – of Gary Middleton and Neil Winskill.

Both managers are coaches for the Newcastle United Foundation, and have already worked at the Academy level for Newcastle.

Hughton talked about local football:

“Grassroots football is vital to any area, especially this one.” “We have to provide a link between the club and the community.”

“The Foundation is helping the club to nurture new and emerging talent at grassroots level, not just in terms of young players but also managers.”

Neil is the Football Development Officer at Newcastle United and UFC and Gary works as a coach – part-time – on the advanced Academy program.

This is a very good move by Chris and Colin, to start getting local managers involved at the Newcastle club, and the club wouldn’t go far wrong either, if they formed a much tighter relationship with the likes of  Wallsend Boy’s Club, as one example.

These relationships will ensure the best of the local talent ends up at Newcastle, and not at other clubs like Manchester United, West Ham and Southampton as some of the top North East players of that past have done.

We’ve missed lots of local talent in the area including Bobby Charlton, Brian Robson, Alan Shearer, Steve Bruce and Michael Carrick to name just a few.

Hughton added

“It was great to spend time with Gary and Neil.”

“This is what the project is all about, and long may it continue.”

In the last year, the Newcastle United Foundation has worked with 10,000 youngsters from the local area, and that’s just great.

It seems to us the club are finally starting to get their act together, and doing the things many fans have wanted the club to do in the past, like concentrating on bringing in the very top youngsters, and long may it continue.

Firming up local football contacts in the area, as well as building up our world-wide coaching staff, will ensure the club doesn’t  have to pay ridiculous transfer fees and huge wages on what turn out to be only average players, who have no attachment to Newcastle.

These local lads will already be naturally committed to the Newcastle club, so if money needs to be spent on building up these relationships, so be it.

Comments welcome.


45 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Brilliant idea,this is just positive.
    We will find players of the future this way for sure 🙂

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  • Newutd

    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Too bad we don’t seem to want to use them.

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  • peterktoon

    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #3
  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #4

    newutd- shut up you cock, we have just won the league with a fairly young side. and your moaning

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    peterktoon- all has been resolved between the pair you would think now, chris hughton handled that aswell as mourinho or fergson would have done, well done to chris and colin for sorting that out behind the scenes, too many times we have been in the eye of the media for negative stuff, and he has kept us out of it

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  • Xenarious

    Apr 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Well hopefully we can build a proper purpose built academy training complex soon, within the next few years hopefully. Currently we are among the clubs that run an academy without actually having our own youth training facility.

    Once we stabilise ourselves in the Premiership we should focus on getting on par or surpass Sunderland’s Academy of Light or Middlesbrough’s Academy. Hopefully we can catch up to our local rivals in this respect soon.

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  • Newutd

    Apr 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Hahaha. We’ve won the league, and that’s amazing, but ofcourse I can complain about Hughtons seemingly lack of trust in the youth. We’ve bought Best when Nile could’ve played, and Hall when Kadar could’ve played.

    They would probably not do anything that would
    make us loose the title.

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  • Bucks mag

    Apr 25, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Good shout Ed – I’ve never understood why the club has never made a feeder link with Wallsend, considering how many champions they’ve produced.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone want a smashing on fifa 10 on ps3 add me Brown999HWTL

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  • GeordieBean

    Apr 25, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    ill add ya gg7 u gonna get a bad @$$ whooping mate 🙂

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Ok mate

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 25, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #12

    This is very positive news Ed. We have a few coming through now just watch out for a lad called Conner Newton Our future Paul Scholes lol. Vuckic is a very exciting prospect and news of him being happy here is excellent news. We have some of the best kids in the country that are from Tyneside and surrounding areas. We need to get them through the ranks at NUFC and beat the likes of Man utd nicking our talent. Its a disgrace that Carrick plays at Man utd, a Wallsend lad that went to school with wor lass and played at Wallsend boys club many a year and guess what NUFC missed out on him and he ended up at Westham. These are the kids that should be playing in a black and white shirt and maybe if we had realised this thirty years ago then we could of been contenders in the EPL. We have missed out on some class kids from around our doors only for them the end up else where.I have been a hugh critic of M.Ashley but this is an extremely god move from the bloke. Onward and upwards, big money signings do not work, quality local talent does.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 25, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Bucks Mag

    I played at Wallsend boys club from the age of 6 to 16 at five aside and 11 aside and i have seen some fantastic talent go else where or have been missed by not being at the right place at the right time. NUFC should get hundreds of scouts to scour the north east. Cramlington Juniours, Walker Central and Wallsend all have top youngins plaing for them.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 25, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #14

    I couldn’t agree with you more “Toon1978”. You are spot on about keeping our homegrown talent. I also agree with “Geordie-Gerrard7” when he told that idiot newutd to shut his cock holster. We have just won the title and for once things are moving in the right direction on tyneside. We have a gaffer who understands what it takes to get a club to the next level. He understands that 15 mil signing aren’t how you get there. Chris Hughton is brilliant not only in managing our football club, but building our club to be a top 4 powerhouse in the future. This stuff we are doing to keep youngster from with newcastle roots at home is long over do. We also do need to catch up with scumderland o building a good youth academy ground and facility. I believe he will get it done and hopefully fat mike is finally getting it and realizes that chris knows what he is doing. For the first time in awhile i am excited about the future of our club…

    HWTL

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #15

    cock holster!!! i have never heard that before.. brilliant. haha

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  • Mac

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Add me. otto von fister

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  • Howay The Lads

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #17

    We didn’t miss out on Carrick, we tried to get him into our academy around the same time West Ham did but he chose them because he thought he’d become a better player if he moved to them. Probably true, unfortunately

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  • Newutd

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    How can you disagree that Hughton shows little interest in playing our talents? Of course our main goal was to win the league – no matter what, but we would have won it even though we had given some of our youngsters some minutes in the end of a match now and then. Btw. save yourselves the personal attacks. It’s just stupid.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #19

    wonder what the chances of getting gael kakuta on loan next season are??

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Howay the lads

    Yeah so we missed out on him because our academy was virtually non existant. He had all of the big clubs after him as well his brother ended up at Westham also. So we missed out on him because we had a week academy that brought very few kids through but West ham brought through the likes of Lampard, Cole, G.Johnson, R.Ferdinand just to name few.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #21

    what happned to graham carrick??

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  • Newutd

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #22

    but West ham brought through the likes of Lampard, Cole, G.Johnson, R.Ferdinand just to name few.

    That’s some real classy players.
    Amazing what’s possible to get through our own ranks.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Newutd

    Nufc have quite a way to go before we see the likes of these players coming through our ranks. The only problem with West ham is that they sell all of their best players. If they had of kept these lads that come through the ranks they would of been in and around the top 4 season after season. I do not want us to do that, bring in the local lads AND lads from around Europe but keep them until they hit 28- 29 and sell them for a good amount of money. Selling them at 23, 24, 25 is just a waste of time and efford to the club. Its like the Rooney scenario, they nurtured him to such a high standard, got him on the pitch and scored against Arsenal, then the big boys come sniffing. They should of been stronger and told MUFC to do one and advise Rooney to stay put. Unfortunately its easier said than done as loyalty is virtually none existant.

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  • Newutd

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Ofcourse, Toon1978. It’s a step in the right direction though, that we seemingly are going to focuse more on local players. Couldn’t agree with you more on the rest.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #25

    What you want to do is wait until they have their best season then sell them. It’s just about guessing whether you think they can have a better season, than the season they just had. Keegan and Ferguson perfected it by selling Kelly and Ronaldo, respectively.

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  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone else find it amusing that Lousie Taylor hasn’t had a thing to say about the toon this weekend?

    That photo of Taylor and Carrol celebrating together must be making her piss boil.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #27

    haha i remember Kelly. Top goal scorer for us. Got us promoted and we sold him lol. Talk about shatting on someone .

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  • kristfro

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Brann have just beaten Strømsgodset 4-0 in Norway with NUFC scout(s) present. Erik Huseklepp played quite well, had one assist and heavily involved in two other goals.

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  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #29

    as for the youngsters thing, it’s a lot easier for a side with man u or arsenal’s quality to field a couple of untried kids as they have the benefit of having quality players around them.

    as good as we’ve been this season, we’ve also never been more than a bad injury or two away from having a severely weakened squad.

    Goal one was get promotion, simple as. The kids will get game time if theyre good enough, there is no point dropping a player who is in form just so you can blood a bit of youth, that’s just not a luxury we have been able to afford this season.

    I’m sure a few will get game time next season, but we’re not all of a sudden going to field a team where 4 of the starting eleven are under 20. Good sides grow naturally and that takes time, throwing kids in before their ready will more often than not do more harm than good both to the team, but also to their development as players.

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  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #30

    *they’re ready even. It’s been a long weekend!

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  • Newutd

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Reports today that there were a couple of newcastle scouts looking at Huseklepp. Huseklepp had a good first half, and a not too good second. I’m afraid he might have impressed them with his speed against a slow Stømsgodset-defence.

    Definitely don’t think he will be good enough for PL.

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  • Newutd

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry kristfro. Didn’t see your post.

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  • kristfro

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #33

    np Newutd. I agree, I can’t see him making our team stronger.

    Skjelbred on the other hand, I would very much like to see in whatever the new puma strip will look like 😛

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  • kristfro

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Also… Diego Guastavino was very impressive for Brann today, two goals and all. He’s a bit small, but I won’t be surprised if NUFC will at least take a closer look at him.

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  • SaudiMagpie

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree with the ones who says that Houghton didn’t give our youngsters any sort of a chance.
    can’t understand why he prefer best & hall over kadar & Ranger .
    I hope he’ll pay more attention to them next season along with the future best player in the world the legendary Harris VUCKIC .
    and we didn’t see krul since we bought him from holland . we heard a lot about but unfortunately he didn’t have any chance in all the years he’d been with us , although he was brilliant against palermo few years ago .
    and great article Ed , hope we’ll see a REAL effect on the club this time . nothing better than local lads in your team .

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  • SaudiMagpie

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #36

    I like that Huseklepp or whatever his name is.
    he seems a passionate guy with some decent skills and a great hair 🙂 . and being scandivian that mean a guaranteed success in England.
    i would go for him especially he’ll not cost us much .

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  • baro

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #37

    http://www.sportinglife.com/football/cc_championship/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/10/04/25/manual_212545.html&TEAMHD=nationwide1

    Newcastle have 4 players in Championship players of the year. Andy Carroll, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, and Kevin Nolan 🙂

    I dont know how Chris Gunter is on there. He is garbage.

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  • baro

    Apr 26, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Also our former sensational player James Milner has been voted PFA young player of the year. While Rooney took PFA player of the year.

    http://www.sportinglife.com/football/cc_championship/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/10/04/25/manual_212545.html&TEAMHD=nationwide1

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  • Johann

    Apr 26, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Lee Camp over Steve Harper? HAHA

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 26, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #40

    so many talking points on this thread and i’ll comment on most since i can’t sleep….

    Milner….we did the right thing…good for him he’s turned out to be a magnificent player, wouldn’t have happened here. he still can’t use his left foot though (i’ve been watching with interest in his progress still)

    I read on some BS website that Hughton hasn’t been overly impressed with Routledge, I thought it was crap but maybe it’s true with all this talk of Huseklepp. Strange though that in the summer folks were saying he’s a liverpool target, he’ll never come here, now he’s not good enough for the prem…don’t know what to think of it/him

    Lastly, in regards to youngsters and in particular Ranger, it’s been common knowledge around the club that he’s arrogant, cocky, and has been focusing on everything but football. In regards to Kadar, dunno why he hasn’t played but with Ranger its a perfectly good explanation.

    Vuckic – not entirely opposed to him sitting out until next season…why risk him stealing the show before we’ve even gotten to the one that matters? Just hope that’s the reason behind his absence.

    We need to move on one or two of our current CMs in the summer, and NOT barton or guthrie

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