Former Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia is being considered for the vacancy as Newcastle’s under-18 head coach.
Ricky Sbragia – when Sunderland manager
Apparently a number of very good coaches have already applied for the job, which of course is very important to Newcastle, as they attempt to bring though some top youngsters at the club.
Ricky took over as youth-team coach at Sunderland way back in 1994, and was later promoted to reserve team coach, before leaving for Manchester United as reserve team coach in 2002.
Sbragia rejoined Sunderland’s coaching staff in November of 2007, and was appointed caretaker manager after Roy Keane was sacked in December of 2008.
Sbragnia was appointed as Sunderland manager on a permanent basis in late December of that same year, on an 18 month contract, but then resigned after the last game of the season in 2009, after successfully keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.
However, it seems the favorite for the job is local lad and former Newcastle defender Dave Watson, who happens to be friends with current Newcastle Development coach, Willie Donachie.
Top talent spotter Gavin Tait left Newcastle recently and the Academy is being overhauled, as Mike Ashley continues to spend money on the youth system, and certainly it’s an important part of the Newcastle club these days.
Newcastle can boast the likes of Andy Carroll, Tim Krul, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, and possibly Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier, as players who have come through the Academy, since Mike Ashley bought the club four years ago.