Youth Academy Has Been A Failure At Newcastle

When Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007, the new Chairman Chris Mort put together a plan to build up Newcastle’s Youth Academy,  and one vital part of the Newcastle strategy was to bring youngsters through the Academy and into the first team.


Chris Mort – tried to recreate Newcastle’s Youth Academy

But one of the reasons Ashley’s plans for Newcastle have not worked out too well, is that we haven’t seen many players coming through the youth ranks into the first team – and most of the top youngsters we have signed  have either left the club, or are now struggling to make an impact at the club.

And that’s also a reason why Newcastle now have very few Englishmen in the squad, especially after James Perch, Danny Simpson and Steve Harper left the club in the summer.

But Alan Pardew says Newcastle are still trying to bring players through the ranks, as he had this to say yesterday, as part of the build-up to tomorrow’s match at Villa Park:

“We could well be starting against Aston Villa without an English player,” “I’m sure we’ll get a lot of negative press.”  “We tried to bring an English player to this club for a lot of money, but it didn’t happen.”

“That’s something we’ve looked at. The ratio of foreign players is getting tight for us.”  “It’s important, in our transfer policy, that we bring in some English players.” “Rest assured, as manager of the football team, I’m very focused on the Academy promoting talent from this area.”

“I’ve said to all our scouts that I want to bring in players from here. We’re scouring locally. That’s something we need to do. We need more coaching hours with our players.”

“But, in terms of transfers to our first team, you’ve got to be good enough to play for Newcastle. Unfortunately, the pool isn’t great.”  “We have Sammy. We have Dummett come through, who is definitely part of our first team squad.”

“We need more. There’s Arma and Campbell. We’re hoping for them. That’s that side of it covered.”

Arma is 16 year-old local youngster Adam Armstrong, who is a creative player and  built like Wayne Rooney, and Rooney is Adam’s favorite player – and Adam is currently one of the club’s most promising youngsters.

Maybe we should do an article on Adam.

It’s been good to see Paul Dummett come through the ranks, and his loan spell at St. Mirren did him the world of good, and he’s looked a good player at left back in pre-season – it’s great that Paul has done so well this summer.

But  with Yanga-Mbiwa likely to get the nod ahead of Steven Taylor tomorrow,  Newcastle will probably field this side, and not one of them are English.

Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Ben Arfa Sissoko Anita Marveaux
Remy Cisse

That’s a strong side and with everybody fit, we will also have a very strong bench at Villa Park, and we are hoping for an excellent result tomorrow, although Villa are now much improved from last season.

The Youth Academy has been a big disappointment over the last six years, that’s a fact, and if we are going to have English players in the side, it’s more likely they will come through the Academy, since British players are a lot more expensive than foreign players.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • sir_norman

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Any news on Paul Gascoigne’s nephew who is in our youth academy?

  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Terrible manager, terrible spokesperson for the club

  • lesh

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t worry about the Academy.

    Joe’s on the case and it’ll be fixed in no time!

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    This is a problem but not just for newcastle. Very few top level clubs bring through kids, especially english lads.

    Some sort of plan needs to be set out by the club to figure out how to produce good, british players. Review of everything from coaching, scouting policy of kids, building better relationships with regional kids leagues.

    A lot of kids leagues miss all sorts of good players as they only scout district games and a lot of these kids get picked on who they know…father coaches or friends coach, etc etc.


    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    It amazes me these names just pop up and suddenly they are one of our most promising players.


    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza from last thread
    I don’t expect much from Jan mate unless we are near relegation, which wouldn’t be surprising, and we sell Cabaye

    Back on that bread line for us but lets not worry we will fill the squad with our kids and let them fail to impress us

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Former striker Andy Cole was at Newcastle from 1992 through 1995 and in 85 appearances for the Magpies, scored a phenomenal 69 goals, and he had this to say on Wednesday night:
    “Newcastle United aren’t going to win the Premier League, only three or four teams can win the league now. That’s changed. Football has changed, but Newcastle used to be a lot closer.”
    “It’s a rock and a hard place at Newcastle at the moment. They seem to get themselves on the right track and all of a sudden someone here derails them. It’s almost as if somebody running the club wants to upset the punters and I find that very strange.”

    So yet another former pro and legend speaking out against the regime

    Just funk off Ashley

  • roy

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    They expect too much from these kids. Instead of nurturing them and loaning them out. Fergus was the master of the art.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    i dont think we have been that bad in youth just that the prem’s quality has got better so the youth quality needs to be better !

    dummett is ready hairdryer is ready sammy i think is ready and curtis is border line ready imo then theres fergie and vukic who are considered good enough to be international players and thats if we dont count cambell/streete/mbabu/newton/armstrong who get praised all the time so i wouldnt say we are that bad.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    But whats the point when you have an incapable manager who is living on excuse after excuse.

    The right foundation laid by the coaching and management staff has to be set first before the application of players can be blended in.

    I’ve never been as down about the club as I am now.

    Talk about stability…there is no building with an owner who doesn’t want to spend money on progressing, a highly limited and blatant lower league manager and Kinnear where it is mind boggling that he’s actually here. Those two wouldn’t be touched at other clubs with a barge pole.

    Stability of someone being employed is simply naive. Effective stability comes from a capability of skillset and a determination to improve. Pardew prefers to survive not improve as shown in his tactics. It is Ashley’s fault that he is content to employ these underperforming imbeciles at the club.

    I’m just really sick of being constantly lied to. I’m not a mug and can see right through what they are doing and saying. Both Ashley’s actions and Pardew’s verbal sewage and on-field ineptness.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry, forgot that trying to post 2 links was a sin…


    Lesh…Are you thinking what I’m thinking? NUFC TVS very own televangelist?

    Join us with Joyous Joe in the afternoon…..Expect a miracle, but not a signing…Hallelujah!
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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Thanks for the link mate

    So what he’s basically saying is despite putting bids in for a few players the club didn’t really want to bring them in and he’ll say no more incase a full fledged riot kicks off from him saying we could of spent but Ashley said no

  • Phil K

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d heard how undisciplined the youth management was, and the fact that some of them have been in court for bad behaviour in town says it all. Some promising players have been brought in, and ended up being released, the kids coming through the ranks have been awful.
    Thats the clowns involved, whether Beardsley and co or not I don’t know. But something is rotten in the state of juniors thats for sure (misquoting Shakespeare is never good !)
    We need to bring in people who are GOOD at the job, not ex-Newcastle players (that applies to the bloody first team too)

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Ha ha, made the same mistake twice, third time lucky then..

    Sorry, forgot that trying to post 2 links was a sin…


    Lesh…Are you thinking what I’m thinking? NUFC TVS very own televangelist?

    Join us with Joyous Joe in the afternoon…..Expect a miracle, but not a signing…Hallelujah!

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    tads…Something along those lines mate.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    if a team scouts the world for the very best players in the world for its first team (or as best quality as they can get)
    do we not think we are being a bit nieve to think we can bring a young english lad in and train him so he’s better than what the rest of the world has to offer ?

    dummet / hairdryer / sammy are our squad players with dummett and sammy coming from our depth that aint bad considering the quality and value of the players in the prem atm.


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