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McClaren Pledges Support For Newcastle’s Youngsters

8:43 am, Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Development squad · Head coach · Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle U18 · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Premier League

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:47 AM


    Jib strange place alright. Who did you used to be again? I remember a troublemaker quizmaster some time back.

    And a lifetime of achievements can be undone swiftly by just one unwise choice.

    Is “Jib” Jeff in Benwell?

  • 2 John Tudor // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    no signings shcteve
    play the young uns

  • 3 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Scoop SA
    A bit of memory lane for you

  • 4 toonbrother // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    armstrong is not good enough for our first team
    i reckon he will be anothe campbell
    arrons on the other hand is a brilliant player

  • 5 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Is it Google Jeff?

  • 6 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Toonbotherer who will be the next colo I wonder 🙂

  • 7 Blofal // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Loic Remy looking like he is going to Westham. Very good signing for them. Can’t deny they have ambition. Remains to be seen if we have the same!

  • 8 will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Armstrong can score. Provide e service he will score. His positing is very good. But him with a big man around him or a goid stricker.

  • 9 thai-mag // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    If he want’s the kids to come through first he needs to do is replace Beardsley with who ever is doing the coaching at Southamton

  • 10 theartfuldodger // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    When we give a chance to players from other countries and leagues into the PL, the problem is that they are too ambitious and want to move after tasting some success.

    We must try to get them back if they fail at top clubs – cabaye, ba, remy etc.

    West Ham could be formidable with Ba and Remy

  • 11 nut meg // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    I always thought it was Geof Nulty on Macs back. Now it’s Newton,Waldren or Nulty. I’v just decided to look it up & watch it on you tube & the answer is……..No 6 Thompson. lol

  • 12 geordie157 // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Armstrong getting regular football out on loan is high priority hopefully.

    Will be interesting to see bigi can turn things around after an awful couple of years.

    McLaren will definitely help others like Roberts too

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    The big question is not whether or not the young prospects train with the first team, but what the club do to make them ready to take that final leap into adulthood.

    …are they sending them out on loan at the right time in the making of them and to the right club at the right level.

    Are them monitoring them and keeping in touch. Having young players is like having an intern program at a big an respectable company!

  • 14 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Isn’t Armstrong playing well at the minute? 8 in 7 or something like that. He might not be 1st team quality yet but he’s showing great promise. Definitely worth hanging on to. We’ve already seen glimpses of what Aarons can do in the 1st team but I wouldn’t say he’s a 1st team regular. Still alot of development for both lads. McClaren could be good for that.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:06 AM


  • 16 Ron Knee // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I used to watch Bob in his heyday. He was an excellent captain. Unfortunately, it’s not that Moncur who disappoints us today. By taking the Ashley shilling he has become as complicit as the rest of the buffoons running our club.

  • 17 will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    With due respect French players are not loyal. Never patient keep looking for better deals for their own benefit.

    Henry Viera Cabaye Sisoko the list goes on and and on. Look at Gerard Shearer Terry that loyalty.

  • 18 mindshaft // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    @willdieforthetoon – for every Gerrard, Shearer and Terry there are 10 English players angling for a move for bigger money – just look at Sterling , Carroll etc

  • 19 ScoopSouthAfrica // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Thanks for the movie memory…
    Def no 5 Waldron on supermacs back for his first goal.
    It was a shame the final did not go our way.

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