News today in the Evening Chronicle that on April 17th Mike Ashley held a meeting with manager Chris Hughton and his coaching staff.
Stephen Folan – 18 year-old defender now part of first team squad
And it’s now understood that Hughton and the staff at that time were told there would be no transfer funds available in the summer, and the meeting was held immediately following the Newcastle U18 side’s 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup semi-final.
We find that a little hard to believe because since Chris continued to say he wanted around three new players this summer, but of course those could be made up of loan signings and free agents.
And some good news today for five of our top youngsters, who are being promoted to the Newcastle first team squad for next season.
They are the exciting Slovenian 17 year-old Haris Vuckic, 18 year-old Galway-born Irish defender Stephen Folan, 18 year-old Australian-born Brad Inman, Swede starlet 18 year-old Samuel Adjei and 18 year-old Amble-born striker Phil Airey.
There was news last week that Newcastle had not renewed the contracts of five other youngsters at the club, so it seems these five players are the current pick of the young bunch at Newcastle right now.