Some Youngsters Released By Newcastle Club


Chris Hughton is doing something right now that is hardly pleasant for any manager, and that is telling some Newcastle players they are no longer wanted on Tyneside.

Wesley Ngo Baheng – released by Newcastle

That has already happened to 30 year-old Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate,  who issued a classy statement yesterday saying he was disappointed at being released although he had just loved playing at the Newcastle club over the last 6 months or so.

And some other well known youngsters have also been released from Newcastle this week.

The unlucky lads are:

  • 20 year-old Frenchman Wesley Ngo- Baheng, who has been at the club since January, 2008
  • 20 year-old Newcastle-born center-back Callum Morris
  • 20 year-old Amsterdam-born winger Fank Danquah
  • 20 year-old Jonny Godsmark, who played 8 games on loan at Hereford this season
  • 20 year-old Longhorsley-born full-back Darren Lough

There are at least three of those lads who we are a little shocked have not been offered new contracts at the club.

We heard the news a couple of days ago concerning Hull City’s 18 year-old Newcastle-born Mark Cullen, who did very well in the game against Wigan earlier in the week.

Mark was on Newcastle’s books, but was released by his home-town club in 2006, when he was just 14 years old.

Mark said he was devastated by it, but has since found strength in proving Newcastle wrong, and we saw the Hull – Wigan game and the lad looked sharp on his first team debut, and of course scored a good goal.

Mark said he has just kept going and now looks like he may make an early break-through at Hull City – and that has to also be very good advice for these five lads.

Things may look really bad right now – but don’t lose belief in yourselves – life and football can sometimes be very tough.

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12 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 6, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Very surprised we’ve let Baheng go and Morris go, I’ve heard very good things about them.

    Good luck to the lads.

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  • wickywoowoo

    May 6, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I am surprised, as most of these were some of the more “known” names amongst our youngsters outside the likes of the goalies and Vuckic, etc.

    Having said that, they are all at least 20 years old now and haven’t broke into the first team so I doubt they ever would. I would have sold them on with a sell on clause though, as surely some lower league teams would have taken them.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Howay man Ed, don’t make it sound that bad. Between 16 and 17 I was sacked, em released 3 or 4 times. In the words of Chubawamba “I got knocked down I got up again”. They’ll do the same.

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  • Newutd

    May 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Too bad. Had high hopes for both Danquah and Baheng. Not to be I guess.

    About Baheng and his former club Le Havre. They have some really talented players frequently playing. Pierrick Rakotoharisoa, Gueida Fofana and Loic Nestor. Watched them in the match against Clermont, and they all looked really sharp. Another one who really impressed me when he came in after 70 mintues was Ryan Mendes da Garca. Haven’t played alot for some reason, but he was amazingly pacey and had some really nice raids. Hope that our scouts have noticed them. Some real talents.

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  • Howay The Lads

    May 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #5

    TBH, none of them have ever been anywhere near the first team (league games) and most are 19/20 now. Also Hughton, Calderwood and Thompson will all be working together and will know whether they have the quality to make it, so I don’t think we should be too worried about them leaving

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  • chuck

    May 6, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah did`nt we get N`Zogbia from Le Havre, thought Behang was a talent too !
    Tough on kids and their ambitions, clubs have been wrong before but in general the assesments of coaches have been proven right.

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  • baro

    May 6, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Dont really care, they are 20 year olds, should be in first team already. As long as its not the top youngsters I dont really care. 🙂

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  • Xenarious

    May 6, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Shocked about the Cullen revelation. After seeing how well he played. Then reading about his journey back to the top. We really need to tighten the net for our local lads, Cullen looks a real talent.

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  • Brutooon

    May 7, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #9

    i think most youngster come to the club at age 17-18 but by 20 they still not breaking the first team then they are not good enough.

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  • Charlietoon

    May 7, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #10

    At least it opens up some more room in the reserve team and I think this is going to be a much bigger focus next year. Lots of youngsters out there and anyone in the first team ala Best who is not in form can go and keep match fit.

    I had a soft spot for Jonny Godsmark. I’d be interested to see who picks them up and I would not be surprised if a few of them end up in CC teams.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Shame but that’s the name of the game clubs are lucky if 1 in 1oo youngsters taken on as kids make it by their 20. There’s always 1 or 2 like Cullen who make it after being released. I believe we played him asa defender when he is a midfield player. Don’t forget we rejected Shearer as a kid

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  • catchy in norway

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    ok , there all 20 and no where near the first team,,

    promissing kids are like 16 /17, by 20 they should be close to first team football,

    i believe most just get comfetable, and dont try so hard,, im not really a ronaldo fan, but i watched a program about him and his rise, at 17 he said he will be the best footballer in the world, for me he improved year on year, and now he know he is not the only guy on the pitch,, our kids think thev made it cos there at a big club,,,

    this is the test for them,, prove us wrong, make a name fore yourselfs

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