Mike Ashley Doing Incredible Things For Newcastle Youngsters


Peter Beardsley has always been a fan of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, ever since Mike took over the club in the summer of 2007.

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Mike Ashley – thumbs up for the Newcastle youngsters

And Peter now has an important job at the club in bringing the youngsters though to the first team squad, and this season has been the best season for youngsters coming through since Mike first arrived on Tyneside.

We have seen youngsters like Sammy Ameobi, Rolando Aarons. Mehdi Abeid and local lads Adam Armstrong and Paul Dummett play for the first team – and play very well too.

And we’ll not even mention how 21 year-old Ayoze Perez has made an instant impact at Newcastle,  after playing last season in the Spanish second division with Tenerife- three goals in his last three Premier League games is not too bad at all.

And the youngsters have been a big part of the turnaround that’s taken place at Newcastle over the last month or so.

About a year ago Newcastle changed their emphasis at the youth level to concentrate more on local talent in the area and that may be starting to pay off.

Peter Beardsley, Newcastle’s Development Supremo should know what the owner’s thinking is at the youth levels, and Peter had this to say about what’s happening:

¨The owner is all for youngsters doing well and what he’s doing at this football club at youth level is incredible, I genuinely mean that. Long term, it will be brilliant.”

Mike Ashley’s always wanted to bring the youngsters through to become first team players at Newcastle, and one reason for that its one of the cheapest ways to build a top team with very good players.

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Peter Beardsley – long term youth development will be brilliant

But it’s never easy to know exactly which youngsters will make it and which will not – and we’ve seen many a (very) good youngster fail to make it at Newcastle during Mike Ashley’s tenure as owner.

But maybe this is a new dawn for the Newcastle youngsters, and we will be seeing more top youngsters coming through and having an impact on the first team.

That’s certainly what’s happened big time over the last four weeks – and it’s just great to see.  😀

Howay The Lads!!

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195 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Unfortunately Peter hasn’t got a face for radio or the voice for television so has to say nice things about Mike Ashley to stay gainfully employed without having to work away.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

    If what he was doing was for the benefit of the club rather than to line his own pockets you’d have to say well done for thinking of our future Mikey, but as he deems the few million pounds for vital land more important than our future expansion I don’t think the sucess of the club is why he’s investing in youth.

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  • Dulcinera

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail

    Or he’s speaking the truth and your predetermined hatred of Ashley prevents you from accepting this information without ther being a conspiracy. I’ve always been impressed with how Ashleys tried to invest and progress the youth set-up even though we’ve had some gash youngsters. The intentions are there and it’s the cornerstone of any decent club.

    Regarding the sex of this bandb, i don’t rele care if it’s a he/she, or both, but im suprised Mister Tuff hasn’t directed her to the wrestling forum yet

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  • magscar

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #4

    New thread – can we give the troll bashing a rest.

    On the last thread there were plenty of reasonable posts which posters could engage with if they were so inclined. Remember it takes 2 to tango!

    I find it interesting that just over a month ago I was bemoaning the loss of some posters on here but didn’t find much resonance. Probably because they and their opinions didn’t fit with the majority view. Now that some others are apparently being persuaded against coming on by alleged trolls there is an almight stink! Ah poor lambs to quote another poster.

    Oh btw I don’t need my honour defended so please speak for yourself Optimistic Prime not everyone.

    I can’t help but think that this all coincides with our recent good run. No doubt when we hit the rocks again normal service will be resumed and some will feel inclined to return even if Welsh and Mag92 are still posting.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Dulcerina,
    Peter Beardsley has defended Mike Ashley from the start even while we were almost being relegated, after barren transfer windows and all the other low down dirty tricks he has pulled, why would he say any different.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I doubt Beardsley needs to work and I’m sure if he wasn’t happy he would walk away. There would be plenty of clubs willing to have him in their coaching set up.

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  • Belfast

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Biggest bum licker of the Ashley regime around.

    Lost all respect for him after him licking Ashley’s arse after he sacked Hughton.

    Brown nose.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #8

    magscar,
    There is a big difference between somebody with extreme views on a subject that can put somebody off and a poster(s) who offers nothing at all other than one liners or outright abuse solely to wind people up.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Just out of Intrest what are the incredible things Ashley’s doing for the youth level?

    It’s a genuine question.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Novo,
    Like I said Ashley offers him employment while still living in the North East.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    OP,
    He gives them lollipops.

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  • Dulcinera

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail

    Just because we nearly got relegated has nothing to do with Ashleys long term intentions for this club. Nor does it prove he uses this club “to line his pockets”. It simply means we had a terrible season 1 year which was probably because our team were playing a bit shite and maybe had a little bad luck, but mostly no effort from the players!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Dulcerina,
    If Mashley had good long term intentions why is he selling the land that offers our only chance of expansion to a ground that would easily fill 65K if we were playing well.

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  • magscar

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #14

    jfa

    Resorting to personal abuse of one of the best players of my generation is uncalled for. By all means call him a sycophant if that is what you think.

    On Ashley do you actually believe ANY club owner is altruistic. They are all in it for either the money, personal vanity or both. Not even Jack Walker at Blackburn did it (solely if at all) for the fans.

    Best we can hope for is that in him pursuing his interests we actually get something out of it. Little evidence so far and I am still wishing and hoping for the phase in his plan when the club is self sufficient (like now) and a genuine Football man gets to run the club on it’s own feet or at the very least has a significant say in it.

    As I said a few weeks back I think Ashley may have given up on allowing anyone the greater control so we will again be looking at second best I fear. Having said that it may not be as bad as some fear just a big missed opportunity over the next few years to build on all the pain suffered.

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  • Dulcinera

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Can i just ask all the “still bitter over chris hughton being sacked out of pure hatred for Ashley and Pardew” camp…

    Where is Chrissy now and what has he done since? H’es a top bloke but was never going to be the man to take us to the next level.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #16

    @13, very good question.

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  • magscar

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    jfa @8

    Just ignore them. You know there are plenty posters that you ( as I do ) skim or skip altogether. I don’t want to add to the attacks on those under fire last night but unless they are personally offensive just don’t engage. They don’t bother everyone.

    Posters I miss are those with an alternative view who were spending their blog time swimming against the tide and answering constant remarks against their views. I don’t recall Band B, Mister Tuff Optimistic Prime and others sticking up for them. In fact I think some of those enjoyed ribbing them.

    I do not condone trolls or even fishermen but as someone said last night without a moderator then this is something we have to accept unless the blog rules are overstepped. There is a simple answer as I keep repeating ignore them.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Dulc

    If Pardews the next level this is definitely The Devine Comedy.

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  • Belfast

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #19

    If it wasn’t for that Chris Hungton bloke we could still be stuck in the championship with poor Mikey bleeding money.

    He deserved some respect from those above for turning round a sinking ship.

    Think of the money that bloke saved Mikey.

    He done a remarkable job considering the circumstances in my opinion. Especially considering we spent absolutely ferk all when we got promoted.

    He certainly deserved to be given the full season.

    Beardsley coming out and defending him after his antics left a sour taste in ones mouth.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Maybe the size of the facility little overall impact in terms of profit in this day and age of huge TV rights, factoring the actual cost of expansion also, and of course, you are then under greater pressure to fill it, and without an all guns blazing side, you probably wouldn’t, which wouldn’t look so good on the telly.

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  • magscar

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Dulcerina @15
    Hughton was a decent man but had reached the stage where we needed to change it. The Dressing Room forceful personalities which were vital in our renaissance in the Championship were having an increasing say which is never good in long run. there are other examples – Chelsea, Leeds (Cloughie) and us under Richard Dinnis.

    What I didn’t expect at all was Pardew!

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Maybe it’s because 52,000 calling him a FCB is enough and he doesn’t fancy 65,000.

    Has anyone told him there’d be more space for advertising?

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  • magscar

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #23

    jfa @13

    I also had misgivings about this but does anyone really know if such expansion is viable in financial terms i.e. cost of building, planning etc against return from the limited no of extra bums on seats (7000?).

    Freddie Sheperherd bought land and if I recall correctly was going to help finance building of that end ( where I used to sit) with monies from an American Casino Co. Changes in gambling laws lead to this falling through I think and club couldn’t finance expansion then ( despite a significant waiting list for season tickets)

    Found this article on BBC which covers something about it

    .:/http/news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/6517989.stm

    It seems to me an economical conundrum like the continuimg costs of mothballing pits until they may be viable again? As usual of course there is only limited information from club to allow anyone to make an independant and educated guess as to it’s viability.

    If it is I agree that land/lease should be retained for the future? If sold it should go into club not MASH Holdings though.

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  • mag92

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Beardsley is correct about the young players Ashley is building new state of the art training facilities to produce more Arrons and Abieds!

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  • Belfast

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #25

    The dressing room personalities lark came from Dekka Llambias the liar.

    Trying to discredit Hughton, just like he tried to discredit Shearer, and Keegan, and anybody else who didn’t play along to their tune.

    I’m still bitter about a decent bloke who was treated like crap. Nothing else.

    Replacing him with Pardew was not taking us to another level either.

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  • Nojdani

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Keep up the good work Peter Pan ????

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  • Dulcinera

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    @ Jail

    The stadium expansion thing is just another petty argument fuelled by the anti-Ashley mob looking at every possible decision he makes to somehow prove he’s the anti Christ. In the long run, with more stadium capacity he would be making profits anyway.

    Personally, i could not care less about a bit of land being sold. having a 65,000 staadium would be nice sure, is it a big deal, really? No. I’m more concerned about challenging for honours regularily than an extra 13,000 fans to be honest

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Magscar,
    I would only have to look at Lpool who are desperate to move stadiums for the financial rewards it will bring, I dont think Mashers plans on staying long enough to reap the rewards of expansion and also won’t ever provide us with a team that would make 65K turn up either, the reported4M therefore is more important to him. Where as 10M for example invested in the youth system only needs one Walcott or Chamberlain to just about pay for its self.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Dulcerina,
    Is it now?

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Dulc

    If you want to challange for silverware with regularity you need to maximise all your income streams, 13,000 tickets pints and pies would be a few quid.

    Unfortunately the revenue for food and drink goes to a outside company like many of our other streams of income, advertising and club shop we get nowt from either.

    We shouldn’t be throwing away a asset with such potential.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Dulcerina,
    You got it! Long term

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  • Dulcinera

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Belfast

    Finishing 5th, Pardew wining the manager of the season award and a decent run in the europa maybe would prove that? Having said that, who’s to say Hughton wouldn’t have taken us to 5th.. i suppose you could argue that. I don’t think so though.

    I agree Pardew isn’t the man to take us to a high, challenging level. I think Ashley got the decision to replace Chris Hughton spot on….i don’t think he made the right decision appointing Pardew but it is what it is.

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  • Scottiedog

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Jfa

    Where do I start……
    I am starting to think you are a Sunderland supporter!
    Beardsley is a legend and has sweated the club through his veins and yet you know better than him? You (by name) detest MA so why should we take anything that you say seriously?

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  • magscar

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    jfa

    But why haven’t Liverpool under successive rich American owners not yet done i? I don’t think it is planning issues anymore simply finance and their return. They stand to increase their stadium by a third at least and still seem to be put off. All owners will look at viability in their terms ie. will I reap all the benefit or some one else?

    Belfast
    Not only Llambias but there was plenty of reports about the players committee at club which included Nolan, Barton, Smith, Ameobi and Harper. Do you really think he would still have been here now. Better he went with supporters love than to end up with calls for him to go. As I say the only issue I had was the replacement which didn’ really justify him going at the time.

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  • Dulcinera

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail

    That wasn’t my point. My point was that most people think by selling the land, it’s got to do with him making money from that sale, even though making the capacity in the stadium bigger would reap far bigger profits long term than the sale of the land itself.

    Thus, expanding the stadium should be more his interest than selling the land if he is indeed “just seeking to line his pockets”

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Well that sucks, oh well i still support the toon, even if i can’t come on here.

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  • mag92

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #37

    The club has three core income streams, Media, Commercial and Match day, which saw the club enter the worlds top 20 revenue producing football clubs, so putting another large hole into the doomsayer arguments!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Scottie dog,
    For the record I am not a mackem fan but a passionate Newcastle fan, Peter Beardsley was and still is one of my all time favourite players but I have lost respect for him since his brown nosing of Mike Ashley.

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  • Dulcinera

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Optimistic

    You don’t challenge for silverware with pints and pies. You challenge by having great, consistant teams. Success hasn’t got much to do with huge stadiums. Look at Arsenal when they ere at Highbury…38, 000 capacity and they werer still regular challengers…..they must of been eating some amount of pies!!!!

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  • magscar

    Nov 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #40

    jfa

    Sorry meant to say that my point on the stadium expansion was a specific one about costs in building the stand across Strawberry Place and on top of the Metro site not just about costs re income on general developments. It seems this to me that would be a bigger civil engineering problem than normal but I don’t know enough of these matters. It needs independant and expert opinion to counter anything from club but who would pay?

    Haven’t NUST put a block on sale of lease?

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