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.