Carlisle United To Become A Newcastle United Farm Club


Greg Abbott is now manager at Carlisle United, and it appears that Newcastle will use Carlisle as one club to farm out their young stars for first team action, as they hopefully develop into top players.

Greg Abbot – Carlisle United manager

The 46 year old played most of his football at Bradford City where he appeared 343 times with 52 goals, but he also made 141 appearances for Hull City in a playing career that saw him appear 518 times with 71 goals scored, from his right back or midfield position.

After his playing days were over Greg joined the Leeds United coaching staff, and it’s there he got valuable experience at a very good Youth Academy, teaching the youngsters and developing their skills.

And then in July 2006, Greg joined  joined Carlisle United as their assistant manager, became caretaker manager the next year and was appointed full-time manager at Brunton Park in 2008.

The manager has recently had some good experience developing top youngsters like Manchester City’s Adam Clayton, Chelsea’s Tom Taiwo and Stoke City’s Ben Marshall last season, and his good work with the youngsters has not gone unnoticed by some top clubs.

Newcastle  have already sent Tim Krul on loan to Carlisle in 2008, and the Dutch U21 International played 9 games before returning to St. James’ Park in January, 2009 – after Shay Given had left the club.

Newcastle need to get into good relationships with a number of clubs, so they can farm out their players to them, and know they will both get games and be well coached while they are out on loan.

Carlisle United will be one of those clubs, and of course it is a win win for both clubs, because Newcastle get their players some first team action and Carlisle get some very decent players to play for them.

Norwich City is likely to be another club Newcastle will farm out their players to, after they handled goalkeeper Fraser Forster so well last season, and Fraser was fantastic for the League One winners – another big win-win for both clubs.

Abbott is very willing to take young players to Brunton Park, as he said today:

“I’ve told Manchester City, Newcastle and Sunderland players would be better off playing at this level – and their managers totally agree,”

“All three have said if they can get them in our team we would rather have that than them playing in the reserves, so it’s a good situation for us.”

“The more links you can have with Premier League clubs the better, and we have made rapid strides in that respect with the likes of Newcastle and Sunderland, who have been very good to us.”

We expect other clubs to form good relationships with Newcastle so they can be in the pipe-line for some of Newcastle’s outstanding youngsters who are now coming through the ranks.

And of course the Newcastle club has to do the same thing with clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, as we hope to get some of their players, who are ready for PL football, but cannot get first team games at their clubs yet.

The Newcastle club made an excellent start least season with the immensely talented 19 year-old Patrick van Aanholt, who played 7 times for the club earlier this year and looked a top young player in the making, and the Newcastle fans immediately took to the youngster.

Of course the other advantage of taking top young players from the big clubs, is that Newcastle puts itself into the running, should the player leave their parent club to get first team football elsewhere.

We’re sure Newcastle have Patrick van Aanholt on their radar screen and will jump for him if Chelsea ever let the lad move on.

This is the way Newcastle will be developing their youngsters of the future, and also bringing in top youngsters form England’s biggest clubs – it all sounds very good to us, and something we should have started years and years ago.

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4 comments so far

  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jun 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Haahahahaha.

    A farm club.

    Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
    Moooooooooooooo.

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  • Sav

    Jun 23, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    A week ago I posted in jest that it could be a useful Ashole cost cutting exercise to loan out all our academy and reserve players so as to save money on coaches.
    Now, according to this, it may not be so far from the reality.
    If the club policy is to nurture our own talent, why has a situation arisen whereby we have only one senior youth coach, Joe Joyce? We were light before Thomo left and it seems no attention is being given to this. Alright if players are tied up until after WC 2010, but youth coaches?
    That is what makes me sceptical about players coming in. These blokes wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them in the arse.
    Surely the essence of a youth set-up is the calibre of coach and the ethos of looking after youngsters, not just manicured pitches and fancy steam baths.
    We used to have people of the calibre of Alan Irvine and Glen Roeder in charge of our academy. Where is that level of commitment now? Why hasn’t at least that situation been addressed so far this summer? The flurry of youngsters Wise & Co. brought in – where is the commitment to developing them, and bringing in more?

    It looks as if we have one scout, and one youth coach, and they ask for patience and trust?
    I want to believe in Hughton’s pleas for calm and patience over bringing in players. But this academy situation is one that should have been addressed and it clearly hasn’t.
    Ed is talking on another thread about bringing in Gazza. Fine. All very feel-good and charitable. But our primary responsibility is to the vulnerable youngsters and their parents who have signed them over to the club’s care. Not only that, but the stated policy of the club is to develop our own home-grown talent.

    Do Leeds, Liverpool, ManU, West Ham or Boro have just one coach and chop and change personnel like us? I don’t think so.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jun 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Fully agree Sav

    Arsely is cost cutting at every opportunity. We have a light squad and yet we seem happy to rely on cast offs and loanees. Football has gone mad when the likes of chelski and citeeeh seem happy to pay inflated prices for players they then loan them out!!

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  • StuW

    Jun 23, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Having feeder/farm clubs is very important, especially when sending youth out to gain experience, but also gives the main club a good chance of signing any good young talent coming from that club.

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