The Newcastle United club have announced tonight that Youth Team coach Kenny Wharton has left the club.
This is the statement issued by the Newcastle club:
“Newcastle United can confirm that Kenny Wharton has left his role at the Academy by mutual consent.”
“The Club wishes to place on record its appreciation for the excellent job he has done over recent years in the coaching and development of young players.”
“Kenny is moving on to concentrate on other interests and Newcastle United wishes him all the best in the future.”
Kenny is 49 years old and was born and bred in Newcastle and was at the club from 1975 until 1989, and made over 300 appearances for the Magpies as a left-back or midfielder.
Kenny then rejoined the club in 1999 as a coach, working with then Academy Director Alan Irvine, and in 2002 was promoted from assistant Academy Director to Academy Director, taking over from Alan Irvine.
Alan left Newcastle to join Everton as the assistant manager to David Moyes – and then took the manager job at Preston North End and only last season was appointed as the new Sheffield Wednesday manager, taking over from Wallsend-born Brian Laws, who took the Burnley manager job.
At Newcastle in October 2004, John Carver took over as Academy Director after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked, and Wharton assumed the role of academy coach, and in the 2003–04 season, Wharton also joined the reserve team coaching staff.
We have no idea why Kenny is leaving, but we have to assume he has secured a better opportunity elsewhere, but we’re still very sorry to see him leave the club, after being such a loyal servant for many many years.