Birmingham manager Lee Clark has opened up about Shane Ferguson in the Chronicle today, and he has said the reason Shane didn’t play many games last season, during his season-long loan deal at Birmingham City, was that the 22 year-old just wasn’t consistent enough.
Shane Ferguson – playing at Birmingham
This is what Lee Clark, the former Newcastle reserve team manager, has said about the youngster, whose future at Newcastle is now uncertain:
“It was a tough one for me because I have known him since he was 14.” “He was a schoolboy we put into the reserves.” “The first season he had with Birmingham he was outstanding, so I was delighted to get him on a season-long loan.”
“I was really happy with what Newcastle did for me there, but it just did not happen for him.” “Shane was outstanding in flashes early in the season.”
“He was brilliant against Swansea in the League Cup win.” “Overall, in terms of consistency, though, we could not get him to the level.”
“We worked him extremely hard in training but we just found it difficult.” “I am hoping it will all have been a good experience for him.”
“Sometimes when things do not go well it can still work out for you, you learn more in adversity sometimes.” “As a player you will not have a brilliant season every season in your career.”
“You will have your ups and downs and it is how Shane reacts to that now which matters.” “I know he was watched numerous times by Newcastle, so they will have a dossier on how they thought he performed.”
“I was in constant dialogue with John Carver and Steve Stone about how he was doing. So they understand.” “Newcastle were very supportive.” “We would have preferred Shane to play more games.”
“But I have a job to do in terms of picking a team and I must to do what I see right.” “There was never any pressure for me to play Shane from Newcastle United.”
“Hopefully, he can use last season’s experience himself to kick on again next year because he is a talented player and a very
Shane played 23 times with one goal for Birmingham last season, but for long periods this year, he couldn’t even make the bench at the struggling Championship side, who only just survived relegation by scoring in stoppage time in their very last league game of the season.
And with the news yesterday that both James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic could be leaving permanently for Rotherham United, although Wigan are also interested in taking Tavernier permanently, we could see a number of our younger players leave this summer, and that includes Ferguson.
Shane will be 23 next month, so if he doesn’t come through now at Newcastle, there are good odds that he never will.
Shane has made 32 appearances for the Newcastle first team.
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