Big Blow For Newcastle’s Youth Academy


That this would happen has been rumored for a while now,  but official bad news today that the Newcastle United Youth Academy will not receive Category One status under the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).



The EPPP is meant to bolster the chances of local young footballers to break through into the first team squads of football clubs over time, and it was launched last October, and to achieve Category One status, a club must have a budget of £2.5M and 18 full time staff, among other criteria.

Newcastle find themselves in Category Two, and this is a blow for the Academy, and even an embarrassment,  because Sunderland and Middlesbrough have already received Category One status.

Newcastle were obviously hoping to reach the top grade, but they didn’t make it, and there have been rumors we wouldn’t make it,  for a couple of months now.

And why we fell short we have no idea, but this is a blow to the club, because one of Newcastle’s fundamental strategies for success, is to bring youngsters through the club.

And we have  a Category Two Youth Academy?

Newcastle will suffer financially as well,  because a Category One club will receive a minimum £775K every year  in funding from the Premier League, and Category Two clubs will receive only £480K.

We assume Newcastle will know the criteria they failed to meet for Category One,  and quickly fix them, so we can get to Category One  status as soon as possible.

We assume that’s the plan.

Comments  welcome.



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316 comments so far

  • magpiebop

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Agree Ed.

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #2

    hmmmm

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  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anybody know how the youth academy’s are judged?

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #4

    It only means that SAFC can pick players up at a younger age i think. SAFC have always had a better academy any way so it’s not going to make mush difference in the short fall, however, it is important for Ashley to get the academy up to cat 1 within the next couple of years.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s not the end of the world. We are still attracting high profile youngsters.

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  • The Bigger Toon

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Not a problem, we have the Club.

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  • jakesome

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

    i dont see how boro can have a £2.5 mill budget for their academy ?? and we cant!!!

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  • Oldgit1

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Thought that was where some of the AC money was going to be spent on and was deemed to be the future.
    Bit of an embarrasment I might add and hope this will be put right, perhaps they are looking at the under twelves, the high number of full time personnel required, or the number of young players we released.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #9

    We have to give them lot down the road something to shout about because they have nothing else. They have a better Academy…for now. So what. This will be rectified in a few years.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #10

    We’re in transition as a club and there has been a lot of talk about boosting our youth academy. It will come, just not quite ready yet. Future still looks bright

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  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #11
  • RobertNufc25

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Thump

    Think its the quality of the food in the canteen mate.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #13

    That may also include things like how many youngsters feature in how many first team games, blah blah blah. It may not just be about money.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I think the next review will be in 2 years.
    So it’ll be quite a while until we get the chance to get status 1…

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  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #15

    @Robert: Buggery, our chef must be hocking in the soup.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #16

    300k and a.ranking.will not determine whether a player makes it.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #17

    The Premier League has published the following list of principles upon which the EPPP has been designed.

    – Increase the number and quality of Home Grown Players gaining professional contracts in the clubs and playing first-team football at the highest level
    – Create more time for players to play and be coached
    – Improve coaching provision
    – Implement a system of effective measurement and quality assurance
    – Positively influence strategic investment into the Academy System, demonstrating value for money
    – Seek to implement significant gains in every aspect of player development

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #18

    And if £2m is peanuts, what is £300k? Salt off a peanut?

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand

    Exactly mate. ALSO, we have brought through S.Taylor, Tavernier, S.Ameobi, S.Ferguson. You would think that would count for something. Is there 4 players at SAFC pushing for first team atm?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #20

    jakesome

    No one said we didn’t have the £2.5m budget. That was one of a number of criteria.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #21

    The way to get to Cat 1, in my opinion, is that our homegrown players like Tav and Sammi got significant play time.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #22

    You probably had to wear a sports direct bag over your head for the whole time you were at the academy.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon1978…Didn’t Sunderland sell some of their youngsters who were breaking through to the first team? Henderson?

    Actually, on that basis, we produced the most expensive English player of all time…if only I could remember the lads name…been such a long time since he was mentioned 🙂

    Either way, would be nice to be cat 1, but it will come. For now, let’s just enjoy the ride and look forward to this upcoming season.

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  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #24

    @Toon1978: Henderson, Colback and Noble all came through their academy but they’re the only notable ones I can think of.

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  • tonynufc

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Is there any coverage of tonight’s game. Wouldn’t mind seeing if he’s any GOOD

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  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Come to think of it, didn’t Jak Alnwick come through their academy?

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #27

    For the Scums, I believe they have more homegrown players than we can notice playing for the first team. Man, we don’t just pay attention to them.

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  • JTOONJ

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #28
  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #29

    @Tony: Nah, doubt it mate.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #30

    @Thump, Jak Alnwick has not featured in any first team football.

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  • magpiebop

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Peter Beardsley scareing the bairns!

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    To be fair to scumberland, their accademy is good for the north east, allot of young players start out there. Makems probably have to offload allot of these players to keep the bills paid.

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  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #33

    @pizzicatochan: I know, I was just wondering if he started at Sunderland or not.

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  • woolerbill

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #35

    It not a cat1 or cat2 academy that produce good players, it’s the staff

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Beyond recognising potential it ‘s always risky to make too much of
    young talent. However how come when mentioning those likely to “feature ” that Mehdi Abeid isn’t high up on the list. Not just on his Fernebahce showing but for me he is increasingly looking the business. Noticeably he has bulked up and my initial reservation of
    him lacking physicality is removed. He is a good technical player and will benefit from being able to play in a variety of formations.
    In the Pardew blue print he is comfortable in a variety of positions.

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  • magpiemover

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #37

    DEBUCY @ NEWCASDTLE AIRPORT OFF TWITTER

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  • magpiemover

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #38
  • RobertNufc25

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #39

    I would say Middlesborugh have the best academy.

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  • tonynufc

    Aug 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    ALL OVER NET AND TWITTER. DEBUCHY IN THE NORTH EAST AND DUE TO COMPLETE MEDICAL TOMOZ. #fingerscrossed

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