There is news today that Phil Airey’s loan spell at Gateshead has been ended prematurely by manager Ian Bogie.
Phil Airy – will not make it on Tyenside
It seems that since Ian heard that Phil would be cut loose by Newcastle at the end of the season, and would not be getting a new deal on Tyneside, he thought it best for Phil to look for other clubs he could join.
It just shows you how fragile a career in football can be, because it was only a year ago that 20 year-old 6′ tall Airey, who was born in Amble, was doing well at the club.
Phil made only two appearances for Gateshead, and since the the squad is now fully fit, the Heed manager can allow Phil Airey to return to Newcastle.
This is what Ian Bogie said today:
“Phil came and did well in a couple of games for us,” “We thank him for that and Newcastle United, and wish him well in the future.”
“I understand he’s being released by Newcastle, and may have interest from one or two clubs in the Football League.”
“I have everybody back fit now so it was only right to let Phil explore other avenues.” “It’s the best for all concerned.”
Ian is only doing what he thinks is right for the player, and Gateshead are becoming a club that Newcastle can loan some of their top youngster to, since it’s just across the river from Newcastle and very convenient for all thee parties.
Indeed James Tavernier did great there last year, and 18 year-old England U20 goalkeeper Jak Alnwick spent time there earlier this season, and he played 6 times in the Conference and twice in the FA Cup for The Heed.
But it seems like Newcastle are raising the bar, as far as their youngsters are concerned, and they are likely to bring in a number of top young players to the club this summer, as they look to identify top players and then further develop them on Tyneside.
The youngsters who are said to be leaving Newcastle this summer and not being offered new deals are Tamas Kadar, Joan Edmundsson, Ashington-born Jeff Henderson, Greg McDermott, Patrick Nzuzi, Newcastle-born Dan Taylor and Phil Airey.