Joyce Reveals Pardew So Supportive Of Newcastle’s Youngsters


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.

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6 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Streete and Tavernier will be the next lads to come through, massive expectations for both lads 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    @JB
    Very much so mate, can’t wait to see them in action, i’m betting on the both of them and Adam Campbell to take a huge part in our next pre-season.

    Other than that, credit where credit is due, the youth and scouting area is something MA is deffo getting right.
    And i’m loving that.

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    This is the future of football. With fair-play regulations coming in MA knows that one way to bring in revenue and always have a pool of talent to choose from is to develop it yourself. Shrewd move and one of the very very very good things the club is doing at the moment. Look at the great Arsenal and Man Utd sides of the past, built on players they brought through their youth system.

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Whilst I am very excited about the future of our club and our potential to find young talents that could help us one day push for glory I must say that it could all go to waste unless our first team is sorted in the summer.

    If we want these youngsters to come through we need a first team that can push us forward over the next 3-4 years and breed a winning mentality and quality football into these young uns,

    This would allow Nufc to be an exciting proposition for players and allow us to be an attractive club to future stars. It would also help us retain the services of potential world class players that we may unearth.

    If we have a poor first team there is no use in a great young team. We need to add to the quality we have today in order to get the best out of tomorrow.

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  • theleckworthbird

    Feb 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    This area is the one big black mark in Keegan’s reign: the complete disregard for youth.
    Youth is the future and we are right to invest in youth.

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  • Owldman

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Youth policies are great when they churn out top class
    promising talent season after season.but thats not the way it works.For example note the the amount of youngsters we are about to dump these were supposed to be our stars of the future now they are out of the door.
    Sad but true so many so called wonder kids at the age 14/15 & 16 never make it
    .

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