Alan Pardew’s Local Youth Vision For Newcastle United

Alan Pardew yesterday explained the blueprint at the club for bringing local players to Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew – has good vision to get more local lads in squad

Newcastle have had good success in the last couple of years with scouting players from the French Leagues,  and Chief Scout Graham Carr is doing an excellent job for Newcastle.

That will continue, but another emphasis for Newcastle is to ensure they get the best local players in the area, and they are not happy they have lost two good youngsters – nor should they be.

Newcastle-born youngster Louis Laing has recently signed for Sunderland from Montagu & North Fenham Boys Club, and Killingworth-born Jack Colback has been at Sunderland  since he was just 10 years old,  and Jack  came on in the second half last Sunday.

And along with Shola Ameobi,  they were the only local lads to play in Sunday’s derby game.

Alan Pardew talked yesterday of wanting more local lads in the squad:

“I don’t want to keep buying players from France and Germany.”  “I want to buy somebody from here. from say Hartlepool – or bring our own on from the Academy.”

“The lack of Geordies in the derby game was a big factor.”  “Had Shola not played we’d have had no local players in this fixture.”  “That underlines what I have been saying here.”

“This club must concentrate on the underbelly of this team. It’s about the development and the youth here.”

Alan has sold his vision of an improved Newcastle Youth Academy to owner Mike Ashley a few months ago, and he has been backed with £15M from the Newcastle owner, who is also keen to bring in more local lads to Newcastle.

And 12 Development players will be be let go in the summer, and we expect a bunch of new youngsters to come through the Newcastle door over the summer.

The net for Newcastle will hopefully be spread across England eventually, but Newcastle must get all the best local lads, and they will be going head to head with Sunderland for those youngsters.

Alan has this message for the local youngsters who have football ambitions:

“We would say to them we want you to come to us and show it, work hard, train hard, get your ball out in the garden at every opportunity and hone your skills.”

“Let’s try and get one or two more Geordies playing in this fixture and in the team.”  “Both North East clubs are doing great. And nationally the North East is getting targeted more in terms of media interest.”

“In the past the Tyne-Wear derby has been classed as just a local game, trust me. In London, they aren’t interested in it.”  “Now there is more focus on it as they are still in the cup and we’re pushing for Europe.”

“Therefore we need to underline that the North East is healthy and that every young player has a chance to impress.”

We don’t think Newcastle will ever stop bringing players in from the French and maybe the German leagues, and even from places like South American, once the scouting network is built up over there.

But Alan is right that we need local lads in the Newcastle squad – that’s what the Newcastle fans identify with – and that’s in addition to other top players like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote – amongst others.

Newcastle certainly have some good strategies in place at the club, and now they need to implement them impeccably.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • xmindcrimex

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Reading between the lines, he’s off in the summer.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Our record of bringing through youngsters has been disgraceful for a long long time now.

    Our academy kids are absolutely pillaging that league, but whether or not we can help them step up is the problem. We always seem to have talented kids.

    A couple of years ago Donaldson, Airey etc were the next world beaters – now they’re being released!

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    i always.look forward to seeing promising local lads comin through. my little brought is at montagu an north fenham. the coach is so proud of Louis laing as a premiership clubs youngster and under 17 international

  • Beattie25

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Look if we set up defensively we will get pummled and if we attack we might get stuffed.

    I’d rather get beat 4-0 and had a really good go at them than play defensively and get beat 1-0.

    I’d stick Benny in and say ‘go on lad, show us what you can do’.

    I’d drop Simmo and bring in Fergie at LB and stick Santon at RB not only for thier attacking abilities but there speed or else Oxo and Walcott will skin the wingers alive.

    I’d stick Guthrie in alongside Cabaye and Tiote and drop Papiss to the bench to bring on if it aint going to well.

    4-5-1 and lets learn a lesson from Spuds and ditch the 4-4-4-2 and bring pace into the defence.



  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #5

    little bro*

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6


    Walcott & Ox both got injured last night. While I know it’s no used if we can only beat teams when they’re weakened, it wouldn’t half be handy if those two were missing.

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    beattie. which demba? 😉

  • Beattie25

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #8

    I just got a lovely email from Ed.

    He said he thought the rest of you were idiots and he has often wondered whether or not to shut down the blog, but he keeps it open because if you lot didn’t have the blog youd probably end up on hard drugs or prostitution or both,

    He also wanted to say that he enjoyed my post yesterday about my complete dislike of Dannyo as Ed has a similar hatred.

    Thanks ED

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #9

    beattie lol. you nasty git. i actually like dannyo

  • Beattie25

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    @ TDS that would be brilliant news!! We may actually have a game where Simmo can mark someone. Who am I kidding Simmo coudln’t even mark Emmanuel Frimpong in his current 1 legged state.

    @ planbillytedbob Demba Janneh of Gambia

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    i though so beattie

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Just want to re-iterate

    My email was actually genuine,

    but massive lol to Beattie an Jail, although i also have no problem with Dannyo


  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Beattie…I only come on here when I have no “clients” or hard drugs left 😉


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