One of the reasons Steve McClaren was thought by many to be the perfect coach for Newcastle is that he’s very good with the youngsters, and he has a very good record of bringing youngsters through to the first team at some of the clubs he’s managed.
That will be one of his priorities at Newcastle, where at the moment we have players like Adam Armstrong and Rolando Aarons seemingly ready to play for the first team next season.
Rolando Aarons – top Newcastle winger
In the eight years under Mike Ashley we haven’t had many (any?) successes with bringing youngsters through to become first team regulars, and maybe the closest are Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi, although it’s not certain Sammy will be at Newcastle come September.
One thing that has impressed us with Steve since he’s arrived is that he’s obviously a football man through and through and he can talk about football until the cows come home – so to speak.
He’s an interesting character and obviously knows what he’s talking about – and also has good experience at different levels in football – and has been through the wringer a few times.
But that’s what makes managers – when they have had to face extreme adversity and that’s always the acid test – and something that John Carver went through this year.
That was maybe John’s first brush with extreme adversity as a head coach, and he didn’t know what to do other than to blame the players – and that wasn’t good, and only helped to turn the players against him.
This is some of what Steve McClaren has said:
“I want to settle in, get the right people around me, and talk about the players, targets and present squad.” “Some of the people already here will have a better opinion of it than I do.”
“Everyone’s got a clean slate. I’ve got no preconceptions of anyone – they are all damned good players. As a staff, we’ll try to get them producing and get everyone on the same page.”
“At the moment, there seems to be a lot of pages flying about. We need to work out what we’re trying to do and get everyone going in the right direction to do it.”
“If the players are good, they’ll be training with the first team straight away.” “We used to have a term – fast-tracking. If a 16-year-old is good enough to train with the first team, they will – if they’re not, they won’t be.”
“If you’ve got the talent there, great. We were fortunate at Middlesbrough because we had that talent, and it was the same in Holland at Twente.”
“We had a very young team and a good Academy, and we had to put them in.”
McClaren has successfully brought players through at both Middlesbrough and FC Twente, and if he can continue to do that on Tyneside we’ll be able to create some of our best players from what we already have in the Newcastle Youth Academy and Peter Beardsley’s Development squad.
Reading those comments from McClaren above will also encourage the youngsters we already have that they will get their chance in the first team – if they are good enough.
That’s an area that hasn’t really worked too well over these last eight years and it will be major test for Steve McClaren in his new job
What do you think?