Why Doesn’t Peter Peter Beardsley Have This Responsibility?

Newcastle have Portuguese U-19 international Flavio da Silva on trial with the club at the moment and it seems touch and go whether he will be given a permanent contract at Newcastle.

Favio has now played three times for the U-21 side and Peter Beardsley says he rates him, but then strangely says that  it’s the  head of recruitment Steve Nickson who will have the final say on whether a contract is offered to the lad.

Why is that?


Peter Beardsley – U-21 Development manager

Here’s what Beardsley has said about Favio today:

“To be fair, Flavio’s been a good lad,” “The only slight negative for Flavio is he’s 20 years old – and I don’t mean that in a horrible way.”

“But in terms of talent he could have had three goals against Corby.” “He made some runs and he’s producing some great football.”

“We’ve enjoyed having him around because he’s a great kid and he’s been a credit to himself and been good for us.”

“Again, without being negative, I don’t make that final decision.”

“Steve Nickson and the recruitment staff will make that final decision; obviously we’ll have a say but it’s not wholly down to us, yet we’ve loved having him around.”

Peter Beardsley is responsible at the club for bringing young players through to the first team squad and we assume that’s one of the major things he’s measured on.

So if that’s the case he should have all the responsibility that’s needed to allow him to do that job successfully.

So why isn’t he the one responsible for deciding which young players are brought in?

It seems like the head of recruitment at the youth level (Steve Nickson) is like Graham Carr used to act as the first team recruitment manager – he decides who comes in.

In a well-run organization there should be well-defined lines of responsibility leading to who’s in charge of a function – there should be one neck to ring as they say – a term used in management.

Peter Beardsley’s function is presumably to bring through the youngsters at Newcastle, so it’s a little strange he’s not the man who makes the decisions about which youngsters should be offered contracts at the club.

With the current approach Peter can always argue it’s not his or his team’s coaching that’s the reason we are not bringing youngsters through to the first team – we are just not signing the right youngsters.

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