Newcastle have some big games in the next eight days, starting this afternoon at home to Wolves.
Remie Streete – one of Newcastle best youngsters
And then on Monday night at St. James’ Park the Newcastle U18 side meet Blackburn Rovers in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup and the kick off time is 7:00 pm.
If anybody local in Newcastle can go along and support the lads and possibly cheer them on into the semi-finals, for the third time in the last six years that would be just great.
The third and probably the toughest game is at noon time next Sunday, when the lads entertain Sunderland at St. James Park.
Alan Pardew talked to the local press today about the three upcoming games:
“We have Wolves, the youth-team game on Monday and then Sunderland.” “It is a big week for this football club and we are ready for it. We are looking forward to it.”
1,196 fans turned out to watch the youngsters win their fifth-round tie in the FA Youth Cup against QPR, and Alan is rightly hoping that there will be more fans that are able to turn out at St. James’ Park at 7:00 pm on Monday night, to cheer the bairns on against Blackburn:
“I was a little bit disappointed with the crowd last time, but it was a cold night.” “Hopefully, it will be a bit warmer on Monday night.”
And Alan Pardew is still trying to fix up some loan deals for some of the younger players, with the likes of Mehdi Abeid and Shane Ferguson probably top of the list:
“I am hoping for some phone calls about our younger players, but I have had none so far.” “I want them to go out.”
Newcastle are releasing twelve players in the summer and we think the list includes Tamas Kadar, Joan Edmundsson, Jeff Henderson, Greg McDermott, Patrick Nzuzi, Dan Taylor, Samuel Adjei , Ole Soderburg, Ryan Donaldson and Phil Airey.
Development coach Willie Donachie is trying to ensure all the lads get fixed up with clubs for next season, and he had this to say today:
“It is a challenge. The lads who are being released are down, and we have to get them up.” “We have to keep their spirits up and encourage them.”
“I am telling them all they can still be players.” “Many young players have left this club and gone on to have very good careers.”
“They have to keep battling and if they keep believing in themselves, and have enough desire, they can still make it.” “Knockbacks like this are tests and they have to overcome this.”
“Everyone who has been successful has had to overcome knock backs.”
It’s very surprising that more of these lads didn’t make it on Tyneside, and only a year ago we had high hopes for the likes of Tamas Kadar, Ryan Donaldson and Phil Airey, but they will not make it now at the Newcastle club.