The news that Wonga will invest in the community and give at least £1.5M to the Newcastle Youth Academy was well received by manager Alan Pardew, and of course bringing youngsters through at the club is a very important part of the overall strategy at Newcastle United these days.
Shane Ferguson – has looked very good in last three games
Alan Pardew is in charge of all things on the playing side of the club, and the good thing is that both Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley leave him to it, and Alan oversees everything – including the Youth Academy, the Reserves side (U21s these days) and the scouting organization too – led by the very impressive and talented Graham Carr.
What would we do without Graham?
And it’s clear that Alan is in the best job he’s ever had (or ever will have probably) and if only he could pronounce Newcastle correctly – he could be on his way to becoming a Geordie.
Pardew talked about the Academy and cited Shane Ferguson as one good example of where it has worked out really well:
“Shane Ferguson has proven there is a route.” “When we came up against the biggest team this year so far he got a game. That shows to our Under-10s, who have a game on Sunday, that they have a route.
“You have to have competition, we have to show we have the right coaches and that £1.5m will help with that. It will also help the facilities we have here, because we want three of four more Fergies. We don’t want one. We want Sammy Ameobi, Tavs – James Tavernier, Jak Alnwick maybe them all to come through and then more beneath them.”
“The timing of the opening of the FA’s national center at Burton-on-Trent is ironic, really. That £1.5M will improve our facilities too. It is not easy, trust me, to get money for the Academy and the Wonga deal will help make sure that happens.”
It’s good that Wonga seem to want to get involved in the community and help Newcastle at different levels within the club.
Now if they would only improve those business practices of theirs.
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