Former Top Youngster Has No Future At Newcastle

It looks like Haris Vuckic’s career at Newcastle is over, and the Slovenian International may even end up at Glasgow Rangers, where he spent the second half of last season on loan and did well in the Scottish second division.

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Haris Vuckic on loan to Rangers last season

Haris has been speaking to the Slovenian media and the former prodigious teenager had this to say about whether he would be leaving Newcastle this summer:

“It’s true, I’m going. I spoke with the coach who did not see me in his plans, so we all together decided that was the best way for me.”

“I respect the decision of the coach and go on. I think I am well prepared and even more so, I am determined. I want somewhere where I will play.”

When Newcastle signed Vuckic from Domzale in January of 2009 as a 16 year-old, he was one of the best players at his age in Europe, and the tall central midfielder was thought to have a great future in front of him.

Newcastle signing such a sought after youngster was thought to have been a  coup for the Tyneside club.

But mainly because of a number of serious injuries his progress was thwarted at Newcastle, and he just hasn’t come through as expected,  and he will now leave Newcastle with just one year left on his contract.

Haris is a good illustration of how difficult it is for youngsters to come through and fulfill their potential in football, however good they are as teenagers, and it’s a very risky business.

At one point Haris attracted some big clubs who were thinking of signing him, including Manchester United, our opponents on Saturday.

But now he may end up in Scotland’s second division, although he’s a better player than that – but Rangers should be able to get back to the Scottish Premier League this season, and if Haris does join the Scottish club he could help them do that.

And then there may be better things ahead for the Slovenian in Scotland, who turns 23 on Friday.

Vuckic made his Newcastle debut back in August 2009 as a 17 year-old and late substitute in a League Cup tie with Huddersfield Town, and since then he has played 19 times for Newcastle with one goal in the six and a half years he has been on Tyneside.

With his various loan spells to Cardiff, Rotherham and Rangers, he has made 65 first team appearances with 15 goals.

We wish Haris all the best for his future.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Another player of our long line of failed players. Our development of youngster is abysmal to say the least.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    This one isn’t nufc’s fault. The lad is glass. If he gets looked at funny he snaps an eyelash and he’s out for the season.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #3

    On Carr

    It isn’t his fault if the toon don’t sign the players he has at the top of his list. The further down the list you go, the more risk there is of getting a dud.

  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    The Austin thing is funny.

    Ferdinand’s “I wouldn’t say we turned the offer down” statement is a weird one with ulterior motive.

    It’s clear that a handful of clubs are all playing the waiting game until Austin/contract situation forces their hand.

    Austin will panic at the end of the window. He needs prem football to stay in the England squad and he’s being very diplomatic.

    Qpr are trying to introduce game theory by essentially saying “there are multiple parties all playing the same game, if you just bid a few more mil we can settle this now or you can gamble it on deadline day and risk wasting all efforts on him of someone else swoops in”

    Newcastle response
    “We are no longer interested”
    What Newcastle really are doing is turning the threat around on qpr by taking away their selling power (multiple buyers) because if Newcastle mean what they say, then the other club interested in Austin will have more buying power through less demand.

    The whole saga is amazing from a political/psychological point of view.

    I’m not too worried as I don’t think we need him, unless Cisse leaves.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Big questions have to be asked of Beardsley, Watson and Richardson’s roles at the club. They are all still in situ, yet are very much a part of the coaching set up which has failed many of the younger players.

    Cardiff say Sammi wasn’t fit enough. Mowbray said that Armstrong had been coached away from having that strikers instinct.

    Questions also have to be asked regarding not loaning players out, although they seem to be going some way to remedy this. Still more to be done with players like Kemen, Roberts, Sterry and Satka all likely to benefit from being placed on loan at suitable clubs.

    We have a few younger talented coaches who could really benefit from stepping up and working closer with McClaren, Cathro and the development squad. Still dead wood to go from the playing squad, and still dead wood to go from the coaching staff.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    According to The Chronic, this would be our last big signing – if it comes off. Depressing.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Next up Bigi!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Harley, you can also add players like Matuidi, Bony, Remy, Alderweireld, and Vertonghen in there.

    If we’d not have had a dinosaur in charge of those other players you listed, they may well have performed a lot better, which I’m sure they would have.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    seen a lot of this lad over the years should have been a top player but just cannot stay fit ……… big lad but needs a fragile sticker on him

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Difficult job being a scout, and none get it completely right. It is difficult to know how far down Carr’s list we had to go to get to Rivi, but I’m not sure why Rivi would even be on a list.

    The idea of him being a super scout was massively over hyped, and that is why he is coming in for criticism. If the overhype re In Carr we trust, and him being a super scout hadn’t all gone on then nobody would even be questioning it.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not sure anybody would brag about having picked Maiga out. Nor Erdinc really.

  • sparky55

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #12


    I completely agree but I think there’s a limit as to what fat Lad will fund in one go.

    There are gaping urgent requirements (a CB), a lesser requirement for a winger but I think SM has prioritised a player to make sure Mitrovic gets the best of service hence Thauvin, and you’re right…we need RB cover and a LB but I think SM will think we have players that can just about do a job in the time being therefore a lower priority.

    If we get a good CB we’re looking much stronger…


    RB Janmaat/ anita
    CB new CB/ colo / Lacelles
    CB Mbemba/Dummet / Saylor
    LB Hiadara / Dummet

    CM Anita, / Tiote
    CM Winjy / no-one else like him
    CM Colback/Tiote
    Wing Aarons / Thauvin

    No 10 SDJ / Perez

    Striker Mitrovic / Perez / Arma / Rivi

    I have based the above on Sissoko and Cisse going otherwise it is better than I show because Sissoko could move into Winjy’s spot if he was injured and Cisse backs up the forward line…but I’m pretty certain Sissoko and Cisse will go.

    If that is the case I think we will struggle badly if we lose Winjy for any reason…there’s no-one in the squad can replace him ATM

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah, he has picked up a lot of knocks, but the Scottish Championship is hardly a non contact league, and he did well AND stayed fit there. We have spent so long waiting for him to prove he can stay fit, then kick him out the door after a good spell in a fairly physical league.

    Anyway, no big loss as it is, and we need a clear out so good luck to the lad, wherever he ends up.

  • Mag52

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #14

    You couldn’t make it up.

    This is why the Thauvin signing is a big one for Carr, as he’s supposed to have been tracking him for three years and must therefore be at or near the top of his list.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #15

    lilon i have said it so many times on here……… and often took a lot of stick ……… beardsley was a great player but could be one of the worst coaches the club have ever had he should be no were near any of our players …..tin hat on….

  • deeps

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #16


    Newcastle are in advanced discussions with Marseille over winger Florian Thauvin, according to Sky sources.

    The Magpies been watching the 22-year-old for some time and is one of their main summer targets.

    The Frenchman could yet arrive as part of a swap deal involving compatriot Remy Cabella. Thauvin is valued at around £13m, and would be Newcastle’s fourth big-money signing this summer. 

  • sparky55

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #17


    As so often is the case…a proper genius of a player who played on instinct, guile, speed of thought…something you simply can’t coach into players of lesser ability.

    If something comes completely naturally to someone, how does that someone coach it into someone else.

    Players that had to work hard at what they did or players that never quite made it themselves often turn out to be better coaches.

    You can’t coach genius

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 18, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Yeah, I have said it for as long as I have been on the blog. He can’t coach, make him an ambassador or something like that. A meet and greet in the executive lounge, whatever just take him away from the training pitch.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #19

    You can see it when he coaches. He seems to get frustrated when someone can’t do something that came so naturally to him, and it spilled over once or twice in the past. He doesn’t know how to explain it or talk them through the motions.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #20

    lilon i did find it odd how he played so many games for rangers not a soft league with plenty contact

  • ballerfan2

    Aug 18, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #21

    A pity as no doubt the lad is talented with a lot of skill. However as well as being extremely injury prone he is far too slow to cope with Premier League defences which is surely the point. This has been obvious whenever he has appeared in the team. His success for Rangers and Turkey where the pace of the game is recognised as being slower has just highlighted this IMO. No coaching is going to provide pace in any individual so perhaps in this case Beardsley and co are blameless. Vuckic has been given time to prove his case.

  • mactoon

    Aug 18, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s a shame as I like this lad. Hopefully Rangers will be in for him and he helps them to get back in the Premiership. A win win for both and a fresh start for him.


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