Gateshead will become an even more important club for Newcastle United in the years ahead.
Ian Bogie – Gateshead manager
With Newcastle being so close to Gateshead – just across the River Tyne – Gateshead are well placed to take a number of Newcastle young talent on loan, to give them valuable first team playing experience.
And it’s really a win-win for both clubs, as Gateshead also get the advantage of having some top young Magpies play for them.
And the standard of football at Gateshead will only improve, as they attempt to climb the leagues in England, and get back somewhere close to the Championship say, over the next several seasons.
Gateshead have already taken some of our best youngsters, players like James Tavernier, Jak Alnwick, Jeff Henderson and Paul Dummett, and manager Ian Bogie, who himself is a Geordie, is all for the arrangement that he has helped develop with Newcastle:
“We’ve taken the likes of James Tavernier and Jak Alnwick,” “When they find it difficult to get in at Newcastle, we’ve got this great link because I’ve got good contacts there.”
“Peter Beardsley’s been fantastic, he comes to watch our games.” “I think Alan Pardew saw in pre-season when we gave them a really good game, that we play in the right way and that this is a good place for his players to come and learn their trade.”
“It’s a high standard, we’re competitive, we play the game in the right way and it’s a great breeding ground for these players.” “We look after them, they get a good grounding and great experience.”
Newcastle will also be creating good relationships with other clubs, so their youngsters can get first team experience, and Carlisle United are another side that have formed a win-win relationship with Newcastle.
When you have a huge investment in Youth, as Newcastle do, it’s important for the lads to get first team games, as part of their football development.