Newcastle’s New Blueprint Is The Right Way To Go

In Joe Kinnear’s program notes on Saturday,  the Newcastle Director of Football talked about the new blueprint for the Newcastle Youth Academy, which has under-performed since Mike Ashley put emphasis on youngsters in January of 2008, six months after he bought the Newcastle club.

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Joe Kinnear – emphasis on local youngsters – that’s good.

This is some of what Joe Kinnear wrote in the program notes for Saturday’s game against Southampton:

“A few weeks ago I was delighted to oversee Paul Dummett signing his contract.” “When your Academy players break through to challenge for a place in the first team place, it’s immensely satisfying and a great boost for everyone at the club.”

“It’s why we’re working on our youth development strategy to ensure that home-grown talent is also feeding into the system and contributing to the depth of the squad.” “For a club to build sustainability, we must live financially within our means and to provide a link to its local community.”

“It must have a strong system for identifying and developing the best football talent in the region and this is something Newcastle United is totally committed to.” “The general principle by which we operate is not to bring overseas youngsters or youngsters from outside our region into the Academy under the age of 16.”

“Instead we focus solely on local North-East youngsters.” “The club, with the assistance of its Foundation, foster strong links with the local boys’ clubs, leagues and schools with the intention of identifying and nurturing the region’s best young footballers.”  “We only make very rare exceptions to bring in a foreign player at Under-17 and Under-18 level.”

“That will  give our best local talent the maximum possible opportunity to progress through our structured system.” “The club has a clear pathway for the development of its best young players from the Academy, progressing through into the development squad and eventually, hopefully, playing in the Premier League.”

“If it is felt appropriate young players are sent out on loan to get valuable experience of senior football in a competitive environment.”

It’s very rare these days that we have an Academy player who progresses to playing for the Newcastle first team, and it’s not surprising that Joe Kinnear has made a big deal about Paul Dummett signing a new six-year deal, and when Paul has been given a chance in the first team, he always plays well – and looks a good player.

And Newcastle have 18 year-old striker  Adam Campbell,  16 year-old forward Adam Armstrong and 18 year-old defender Remie Streete as probably the pick of the bunch of the youngsters coming through the Youth Academy at the moment – and they are all local lads.

It would be simply great if these three youngsters  can progress to become part of the first team squad in a couple of years – that’s the target – to get local lads through to the Newcastle first team.

It’s certainly the right way to go as a strategy – but the execution of any strategy is always the most important thing if it’s to be successful – and Newcastle will need to execute a lot better than we have over the last six years.

What do you think?

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