We didn’t know what to expect when Alan Pardew took over the club in December.
Gregg McDermott – promising Newcastle youngster
And we must say we were less than happy when Alan was appointed but since then he’s surprised us on the positive side, more times than not.
I know Alan is sometimes criticized by fans for being a yes man, but remember Alan’s in the best job he’ll ever get in football, and he seems willing to manage within the rather severe financial constraints placed on the club by Mike Ashley, in an attempt presumably to get Newcastle’s finances in good order.
Pardew is very willing to send the youngsters out on loan to get first team experience, and that seems the very best way to bring the lads through, until they are ready to be part of the first team squad and challenge for the Newcastle first team.
Greg McDermott is the son of former Newcastle player and coach Terry, and he is one of the top youngsters at Newcastle, and he speaks positively about the impact Alan Pardew has had on the youngsters ion Tyneside.
Gregg, who is like his father in being a creative midfielder, was on the Reserves tour of Holland, where Joey Barton and new signing Yohan Cabaye were part of Peter Beardsley’s squad.
McDermott talked to the local Newcastle press today:
“The manager has been very positive towards the youngsters, and that has to be a good thing.” “Towards the end of last year I was getting in and around the first-team squad.”
“I just want to improve and be getting a regular chance to show what I can do.” “Hopefully, that can happen this season.”
“You only have to look at Sammy Ameobi to see that you can get an opportunity at the club.” “He scored at Darlington and caused a pitch invasion, but that if anything shows he gives them a chance.”
Gregg was born in Liverpool, but has lived on Tyneside since he was a youngster and he joined Newcastle United back in 1999 when he as just 7 years old.
He seems yet another promising youngster who we hope will come through big time at Newcastle, and sooner rather than later.