Beardsley Appointed As New Football Development Manager

Peter Beardsley is one of the best local players Newcastle have ever produced, and his standing in the game, as well as at the  Newcastle club, give him the unique talents to develop and recruit youngsters on Tyneside.

Peter Beardsley – Newcastle’s new Football Development Manager

Peter Beardsley was today appointed as the Football Development Manager and the 50 year-old has signed a new five year contract, and it expands significantly the role he had as the Reserve Team manager.

This is one more step in Newcastle’s growing and geographically expanding mission to bring the very best young talent to Tyneside, from around the world.

Peter’s new job will see him help drive recruitment on a a worldwide level,   and that’s  as it should be.

Peter has done well as Reserve Team manager, and that was an important role in itself, because Peter worked with the top young talent coming through the club  such as Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier, Remi Streete and others, and  now he gets an expanded role on Tyneside.

While Peter will keep involved in coaching the youngsters at the club, he will now presumably  work closely with Chief Scout Graham Carr, and will need to do a lot more traveling in his new job, as he scouts top young talent around the world.

This is what  Beardsley said today:

“A large part of our club’s future rests with our youth, so this is a terrific role for me.” “Helping bring exciting young talent to Newcastle United will make me very proud.”

” I spoke with the manager today and Alan made it very clear how important this job is and what a difference he believes I can make to the club and its development.”

Everything seems to be working on Tyneside at the moment,  with the Reserves and the Youth side currently topping their respective leagues, and of course Newcastle are in 4th place in the English Premier League, the highest placing they have been since Bobby Robson was managing the club.

Derek Llambias seems to have been keen to use Peter’s standing in football, to help Newcastle United compete successfully around the world, and bring the best youngsters to St James’ Park.

That’s Newcastle’s policy, and by these moves it shows that they are very serious and determined to build the club, by bringing top youngsters in,  and then developing them on Tyneside.

And to be fair,  the policy has worked well ever since it was introduced in early 2008, just  six months after owner Mike Ashley bought the club.

This is what Derek LLambias said today about the new appointment:

“The board are committed to improving the recruitment and development of young talented players who can progress through the ranks of the Academy and Development Squad.”

“We are delighted to appoint Peter to help us develop a truly world-class development program.” “Peter has been an exceptional ambassador for our club for many years.”

“His international standing within the industry, together with the skills he brings to the training field, make him the perfect appointment for this vital new role.”

”We will also continue to benefit from the qualities that Peter brings to the training field.” “He will continue to work with the development Squad to support Willie in the coaching and technical development of players.”

If we are understanding this new position, it’s an excellent move by the club, and it really works to have a lad born and bred in Newcastle, and one of the best players ever to play for the club, in this new global position.

And it gives Peter even more responsibility in what will be a very important role for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Legend

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    So the toading up to fat boy’s finally paid off?

  • BarcelonaMag

    Oct 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Sounds like a very good move. It’s great to see us having a team of local lads -Beardsley, Carver and Stone- behind the scenes at SJP. It should ensure that they put lots of passion into it.

  • laurent roberts left boot

    Oct 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Areet lads, not sure if anybody’s already posted this but have a look if you haven’t already seen it, Abeid is looking to be a quality signing, bags of potential


    Oct 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    This could be the biggest change for Ashley, all the devolpment is coming up to be a cracking idea

    Bright times

  • Andy

    Oct 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    I am struggling to understand what Beardsley’s job is now? It isn’t scout or coach so what exactly is it?

  • niffnoff

    Oct 15, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #7

    basically he is working the Academy rather than the reserves, which also includes scouting on young players (like 13-18 year olds) like the Medhi Abeids, or the next Wayne Rooney, or something like that. When you take into consideration the youngsters trying to bully their way through and add Peters reputation, I think our Academy might just be some thing to give us more hope 😉

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Oct 15, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #8

    If beardo can produce someone who can score goals like him, then all good I say. Beardo is one of the best, glad he has stuck with the club.

  • solano

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #9

    niffnoff @ 7…. an unfortunate use of the word “bully” re: our youngsters – Pedro still has a cloud hanging over his head since the last time he was directly dealing with young academy players. His star has certainly risen since the arrival of Ashley but I suspect the genius Pedro possessed in his legs is impossible to relay when coaching others and this maybe related to his move sideways
    . Possibly related to all this was his conspicuous absence from the “Legends” game last week – a certain non-legend, N. McDermott was there, I noticed.


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