We find it difficult to know exactly how things will turn out when the UK leaves the European Union in a couple of yearxs, but it seems that Rafa Benitez at Newcastle has at least thought through it a little bit.
Rafa was talking yesterday about how important it is to develop our own players in the context of the second annual Newcastle Foundation Cup which took place at the Benton Training grounds yesterday.
It looks like after Britain leaves the EU, players coming from the European Union – that will be most of them – will need to apply for work permits to play in England.
A smiling Rafa Benitez during training
Rafa took the opportunity yesterday of talking about why it was important for Newcastle to start interfacing early with local players and getting the club involved at an early age in their development, as we are doing with the 1892 Foundation Cup.
This is what Rafa said in the Chronicle yesterday:
“It’s always been important but now it’s even more important with Brexit.”
“It is important to bring young talent and keep our club growing with the link between the city and the team.”
“I think in the end what you are looking for in football is quality and passion.”
“You have these young boys progressing and following the big names at the club.”
“In our case, that’s what you look for passion and commitment to the club.”
“We have a lot of people now looking for young players out there.”
“After that, they have to coach them well and give them the chance to go to the first team.”
Rafa is very keen on having Newcastle United as the center of the community and he’s done a great job on that in a very short 17 months at the club.
It was great to see the photos of Rafa with the young schoolchildren yesterday – Rafa is already a hero on Tyneside of course – he was born to manage a club like Newcastle United.
And we expect even better things ahead.
Howay The Lads!!