Newcastle In Dispute Over One of Their Top Youngsters


The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle  United are in an argument over their young Irish player,  Stephen Folan.

Stephen Folan – Newcastle in dispute with two former clubs

It seems that the Newcastle club are being reported to FIFA by two League of Ireland clubs, who are seeking total compensation of  £80K for the 18 year-old midfielder/defender, whom Newcastle signed back in July of 2008.

Apparently the Magpies have refused to negotiate any deal with Galway-based Mervue United and Salthill Devon, two of  Stephen’s former clubs, after signing the Galway-born 6’1″ player.

Folan joined Mervue when he was just 10 years old and left five years later, and he then joined Galway Hibernians before moving to Salthill.

But Galway Hibernians are not pursuing any claim against Newcastle.

A FIFA spokesman said that they could not comment on the matter, as proceedings were ongoing, and the Newcastle club also did not comment.

Stephen made five appearances for the Ireland U15 side in the Umbro Cup, and apparently his favorite player is Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas.

Folan made his Newcastle Reserve team debut in the 2 – 1 defeat at Wigan on 7th October 2008, and scored his first goal for Newcastle in the match against Sheffield Wednesday on 31st October of 2009.

The youngster is now in his third season in the Newcastle Academy.

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5 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    80 grand is a lot to them and one week of collo for us so I can understand why they would have a go.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 26, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Charlietoon, so why don’t we lend them Colo for a week?

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  • chuck

    Nov 26, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Why does this not surprise me ?
    Cheapo Ashley, he does`nt want to spend one thin dime.
    Coleman @ Everton was signed for sixty grand and turned out to be the deal of the year.
    Charles N`Zogbia was poached from Le havre and the club did`nt want to pay for him.
    Look if it`s club policy to go out and poach other clubs young prospects, do the right thing and at least reimburse them for the years of training and wages, plus a little profit.
    After all they are the grass roots that we the majoe sides would`nt exist without.
    And having good relationships with these sides could be advantagious.

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  • Sav

    Nov 27, 2010 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #4

    That is the second thing the overweight Mike Ashley has in common with Fat Freddie Shepherd. They both couldn’t care less about little clubs. Must be a source of embarrassment for the player as well, when he goes home.

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  • geordieal

    Nov 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m all for clubs paying for young players at small clubs, but why are they trying to get money now, is it because 2 years ago they didn’t think he would make the grade so didn’t think he would be worth trying to claim for, does that mean all good players who are starting their careers, that their old kids teams are gonna try and make a claim, are schools gonna try and claim because they taught them? I don’t blame Newcastle for not wanting to pay, why slag off Ashley? He’s not doing anything that arsenal or Chelsea or the man u’s off this world have done for years!

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