Former Sunderland Manager To Coach Newcastle Youngsters?

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • roblee7

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Anyone else think Adam Lallana would solve our striking problems? Wonder how much he’d cost?

  • roblee7

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Every time I see the guy play he looks pretty special!

  • roblee7

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Suppose after S’hampton got £15 mil for Chamberlain they’d want similar for Lallana

  • roblee7

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th….i hate people doin that…

  • JackButler

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    roblee7 enjoying your conversation there 😉

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    roblee – If Southampton are wanting to challenge for promotion, they’ll be wanting to keep their players, therefore putting inflated prices on any assets. Also, he’s another midfielder…

  • jayphoto

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Everytime I see lallana he’s playing in midfield……. He plays same role as HBA, vuckic, abeid and Sammy ameobi! Not to mention, Southampton are notorious for not getting mugged off when selling players! Chelsea were linked with a 10-12m bid for him not so long ago….fat mike won’t spend that!

  • pardew no 1

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    just get a left back and striker man f**k sake

  • drongo

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Whats the bets on us getting Ollie Bernard out of retirement again?

  • ichrisho

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Did this fella not have a falling out with Sunderland?

  • geoff777

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Ricky Sbragia is highly qualified and sounds perfect for the job.

    Scum’s loss our gain.

  • dave 1961

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    found this posted on the web and thought it might have been written for Wearside

    London Olympics 2012

    London (Stratford) will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2012.

    You may not know is that many of the famous events, which go to make up this spectacular event, are to be especially altered for 2012. A copy of these changes has been leaked, and is reproduced below:

    The flame will be ignited by a petrol bomb thrown by a native of the area in the traditional dress of balaclava and shell suit. The flame will be contained in a large overturned police van situated on the roof of the stadium.

    In previous Olympic Games, East London’s competitors have lnot been particularly successful. In order to redress the balance, some of the events have been altered slightly to the advantage of local athletes.

    Competitors will have to hold a DVD player and microwave oven (one in each arm) and on the sound of the starting pistol, a police dog will be released from a cage 10 yards behind the athletes.

    As above but with added obstacles (I.e. Car bonnets, hedges, garden fences, walls etc)

    Competitors in this event may choose the type of hammer they wish to use (claw, sledge etc) the winner will be the one who can cause the most physical damage within three attempts.

    Entrants will be asked to dispose of as many stolen goods as possible in 5 minutes.

    A strong challenge is expected from local men in this event. The first target will be a moving police van. In the second round, competitors will aim at a post office clerk, bank teller or Securicor-style wages deliveryman. The traditional .22 rifle has been replaced in this event by a choice of either a Browning automatic handgun or sawn-off 12-bore shotgun.

    Entry to the boxing will be restricted to husband and wife teams, and will take place on a Friday night. The husband will be given 15 pints of lager while the wife will be told not to make him any tea when he gets home. The bout will then commence.

    Competitors will be asked to break into the University bike shed and take an expensive mountain bike owned by some mummy’s boy on his first trip away from home. All against the clock.

    As above, but the bike will be owned by a visiting member of the Australian rugby team, who will witness the theft.

    Amended to include mugging, breaking and entering, flashing, joyriding and arson.

    All waterways are currently being tested for toxicity levels, once one is found that can support human life, swimming events will be organised, please note that the Synchronised Swimming event for this year will comprise of dropping acid and watching all the funky ripples on the pool, the specific musical support to this event will be provided by “The Verve.”

    A safe route has yet to be decided.

    Unfortunately this will have to be cancelled as the police cannot guarantee the safety of anyone walking the streets of East London, especially anyone that appears to be… Mincing

    Entertainment will include formation rave dancing by members of the Stratford Health in the Community anti-drug campaigners, synchronised rock throwing, and music by the Ilford community choir. The flame will be extinguished by police riot water cannon following the inevitable pitch invasion by confused West Ham organised hooliganism club. The stadium itself will then be boarded up before the local athletes break into it and remove all the copper piping and the central heating

  • drongo

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Sbragia is good with the kids apparently

    And not in a Llambias kind of way

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14


  • ichrisho

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Dave1961 – Classic 🙂

  • alright on the black and white

    Aug 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16


    thought Lambert’s goals in that match were better taken than Lallana’s. 57 goals in 110 apps for Southampton, although admittedly in League 1. At 29 he’s old, but don’t be surprised if MA is unwilling to sanction bigger. It’s been rumoured before due to the Pardew connection, so really wouldn’t surprise me if it happened. I’d still much rather see someone like Toivonen or coming through the doors.

  • BigKirky

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    I remember him being highly regarded by the players for man management when he was on wearside. I have a lot of respect for people with great man management skills. They can help breed confidence.

  • GeordieRealist

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    This story broke yesterday at (same site that had the Ben Arfa return date the other day) – the Journal ran it a whole day later, and yet didnt even cite that site. Typical behaviour!

  • LewSpi

    Aug 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha Drongo!!

  • Hebburn Mag

    Aug 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20

    roblee7 – Lallana is a fantastic youngester and he’d be great for us, Id love to see him come to Newcastle but he wouldnt be the star striker by any amount, he would be more like what Danny Welbeck is to Man Utd to Newcastle. I think a bid of £7 million rising to 10 million would get him loan him back to Southampton as part of the deal and even give them Forster on loan until January possibly the end of the season as well.

    The star striker that we need to bring not including the LB I think should be either Kevin Davies which I doubt could happen if he has a chat with Nolan and Nicholas Anelka which is more likley. Anelka is worth the chance, we could pick him up for about £5-9 million since he is getting on a bit, he would guarantee us goals every season something in the region on 10-15 goals a season with a number of assists and so he is the type of striker we need to help us reach europe. I think getting in a top experienced striker and a young striker with great potential as well as a top LB would top a great transfer window for us.

    When it comes to appointing a Youth under 18s coach it shouldnt matter if it ended up being Rick Sbragia if he is the right man for the job then get him. Hes done well at Sunderland for bringing through youngsters who have made it the likes of, Jordan Henderson, Grant Leadbitter, Daryl Murphy and Louis Laing. He would d a great job at Newcastle and if the club are being serious about bringing through youth then get him in.


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