Joe Joyce has talked a little about Newcastle’s Youth Academy today, and he is full of praise for manager Alan Pardew.
Joe Joyce – Newcastle Academy manager
Owner Mike Ashley is willing to invest even more money in Newcastle’s Academy as he tries to also invest heavily in the scouting staff, who can bring both the youth players and first team players to Tyneside.
There are now four different categories that rank Youth Academies in England, and Newcastle are hoping they will be granted the highest category, category one status, which will allow them to recruit from all over the country.
When Alan Pardew signed on a year last December at Newcastle, he will have been told how important the Youth Academy was to Newcastle’s future by owner Mike Ashley.
The role Joe Joyce has, as the Academy Manager, is to bring youngsters through to become first team players of the future at Newcastle.
Joe works closely with Alan Pardew, who seems to have taken a big interest in Newcastle’s youngsters since he arrived on Tyneside, and certainly has been willing to give them a chance in the first team, if they are good enough.
This is what Joe Joyce said about the Academy and players like Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson who are former Academy youngsters now part of the Newcastle first team squad:
“That sells it more than any words I can say to them.” “When they see a Sammy Ameobi or a Shane Ferguson, boys who they have actually trained with and worked with in this environment, now appearing on the first-team stage.”
“That sells it much more than I can.” “Obviously, the manager’s job with the first team is a huge task, but he loves to be kept informed about the players, he loves to know when they have been to tournaments and how they have done in tournaments.”
“We had a group who won a tournament at the end of last season, and he made sure that group of players went across, watched the first team play and had lunch with the first team.”
“He is so supportive of what we are trying to do.”
Newcastle held an open day of their Academy to the local press yesterday, and there are lots of reports out today detailing the work done at the Academy.
And the new Newcastle U18 coach Dave Watson, shown above, has been impressed with the facilities at Newcastle since he arrived on Tyneside last year:
“Facility-wise, it’s unbelievable. This is like a hotel. You could come and spend a day here.” “If I brought my mates up here now, they would think I had brought them on holiday somewhere.
“It’s absolutely fantastic and the kids are very, very lucky these days.”
But Mike Ashley still wants the Academy to improve, and while the U18s have done well in the FA Youth Cup over the last several years, the club have been disappointed that more youngsters have not come through into the first team.
And the club will be having a clear-out of some youngsters in the summer, that will see players like Tamas Kadar, Joan Edmundsson, Jeff Henderson, Greg McDermott, Patrick Nzuzi, Dan Taylor, Ryan Donaldsen, Ole Soderberg and Phil Airey all leave the club and not be offered new contracts.
We also expect to see an influx of new young talent to Newcastle over the summer months.