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Five Youngsters Promoted To Newcastle First Team Squad

News today in the Evening Chronicle that on April 17th  Mike Ashley held a meeting with manager Chris Hughton and his coaching staff.

Stephen Folan – 18 year-old defender now part of first team squad

And it’s now understood that Hughton and the staff at that time were told there would be no transfer funds available in the summer, and the meeting was held immediately following the Newcastle U18 side’s 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup semi-final.

We find that a little hard to believe because since Chris continued to say he wanted around three new players this summer, but of course those could be made up of loan signings and free agents.

And some good news today for five of our top youngsters, who are being promoted to the Newcastle first team squad for next season.

They are the exciting Slovenian 17 year-old Haris Vuckic, 18 year-old Galway-born Irish defender Stephen Folan, 18 year-old Australian-born  Brad Inman, Swede starlet 18 year-old  Samuel Adjei and 18 year-old Amble-born striker Phil Airey.

There was news last week that Newcastle had not renewed the contracts of five other youngsters at the club, so it seems these five players are the current pick of the young bunch at Newcastle right now.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • henok

    May 10, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1

    I like it but what is the point with out using one of them …

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 10, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    They are too old to play at U18-level so they have been promoted to the reservsquad..

  • 02jiw22

    May 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Correct me if im wrong but Vuckic is the only 1 that could get anywhere near the actual 1st team anytime soon tho

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 10, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Vuckic, Inman & Airey could make the 1st team, but we do need at least 3 premier league players. Looks like they’ll have to be has-beens (Free’s) & Never-will-be’s (Loans)

  • nden85

    May 10, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    to refer back to the statement from yesterday, it said that the five year plan is to break even etc etc. but if we made a £30 million loss last year in the championship, surely we are going to have a greater than £30 million jump in profits this year back in the premier league?

    so if the wages don’t increase (which they look like they won’t with no money to spend and getting rid of nicky butt £50,000 a week) then we have virtually already achieved the 5 year plan before it was even written.

  • nuttyward

    May 10, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    this season could turn into a disaster the hype around promotion has now gone and its time once again for the fat man to once again recoup his losses .
    MA has no idea what is needed to stay in the top flight of english football .please can someone come along and take our club off his hands before he COMPLETLEY wrecks it we should be building on what we have not just sticking with it

  • NewcastleMole

    May 10, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7


    You need to read inbetween the lines.

    “The Board have therefore structured a five year plan in which the ultimate goal will be to ensure that the club is run at a “break even” manner by the year 2015/2016.”

    We’ll undoubtedly be in profit next season with added Sponsorship, TV Money, Hospitality ect. And with no money being invested and players leaving that helps the wages slightly.

    Its my opinion that the 5 year plan is for Mike Ashley to break even, not the club.

  • nden85

    May 10, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    i personally believe that the squad we have is capable of survival with a few choice signings and i don’t believe we need to spend any more than £10million. but what mike ashley is doing is taking a very big gamble, effectively letting his chips ride from the gamble he took last season, not the most intelligent move he’s ever made

    what if another routledge came up? value like that would be stupid to ignore

  • nden85

    May 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #9

    its quite possible that this means mike ashley is going to begin calling in his loans, £5million a season from now on.

  • nuttyward

    May 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #10

    MA only gives a shit about his wallet and nowt else

  • nden85

    May 10, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    his wallet and pies

  • nuttyward

    May 10, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #12

    even the loyalest fans can see where this is heading this fat git is unreal man

  • Craigg

    May 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    If there are no funds and i was in Hughtons position i would tell Ashley to take his job and stick it up XXXXXL sized arse.

    There are decent players available like Beattie for just £3m and Dindane for just £2m, O’ Hara for £4m, Belhadj for £2m, Steven Hunt for £3m, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Martin Petrov, Joe Ledley, Simon Davies and Philippe Senderos on frees, and some very good young players likely to be available for season long loan deals.

    A £10m budget I.E. less than what Burnley spent last year would go a long way.

  • nuttyward

    May 10, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #14

    but are they willing to play for £1 a week like the rest of his staff lol

  • nuttyward

    May 10, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #15

    next cost cutting corner will be to have communty service doing the rounds on a saturday afternoon at st james tocut the wage bill orange strips sponsored by pay back

  • BlacknWhiteBlood

    May 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Read that statement earlier today and it made me depressed. Wish there was a Geordie billionaire

  • SirAlan

    May 10, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Did you expect anything less ? most of you where singing Ashleys praises over the last 6 month and hes taken tou for MUGS yet again “to be honest you deserve it”get it through your emptyheads hes only intrested in his investment NOT NEWCASTLE UNITED…….

  • pubcat

    May 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t panic!

    If we can keep virtually every player we’ve decided we want to keep, things can still be in good shape. Though I’d hate us to lose either Krul or Forster, a swap deal for one whilst keeping one might be an idea too. If Chelsea are genuinely interested in Krul, I’d be happy if we swapped for Van Arnolt.

    Mostly we have two good players for every position, and could add a couple of loan players.

    Pleased if the above 5 become genuinely involved next season.

  • noir9

    May 10, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Most of the money the club owe ashley is the £80 mil loan he missed when he bought the club. The club would have had to pay this money back wether it’s to Ashley or the bank so thats fair enough & also the money he has put in would also have to be re-paid at some point.

    But I just can’t see why he would risk the club being relegated again, if he’s want’s his money back surely the best way is to make sure we stay in the prem. He’s certainly a gambler but you don’t make money like he has without being able to see an opportunity to make money.

  • bojous

    May 10, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #20

    What about LuaLua? surely he should be considered for the first team.

  • henok

    May 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Dud lua lua personaly told me he is moving on …he said ” no body is giving me enough chance “

  • BT7MAG

    May 10, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Lua Lua is a headless chicken in my opinion, he has natural abilities but he runs in circles with his head down!

    Airey has been scoring well this season, Vuckic is well documented, don’t know anything about Folan, but I’d say inman and Adejei are still a bit lightweight for the first team…

    Anyone know about Henderson? He’s a CB and captain of the u18s, is he a year younger and therefore still capable of playing u18?

  • big bob

    May 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #23

    isnt the reason we have promoted these players to the 1st team squad because new rules say all teams have to have at least 5 players who have come through there youth system??

  • Geordie Matriarch

    May 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    But, SirAlan, Newcastle United IS his investment. Surely he can’t be that daft?

  • John

    May 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Seen glimpse’s of lua lua’s potential would like to see him get another year, same old story with club should have loaned him out 18months ago to a championship club and let him get experience and sufficient playing time and at least by now the club could have made a better assessment of his capabilities before deciding on extending hes contract or not. The club done the same with David Edgar last season when hes contract ended,he would have been more than a decent replacement this season for S.Taylor or Colo and more importantly he would have came through the academy and saved the club the bother of buying Mike Williamson.

  • SirAlan

    May 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Geordie Matriarch of course Fat Ashley is that daft, how do you think we got relegated in the first place ? he’s a laughing stock of football

  • henok

    May 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #27

    All this crap about we r in debt is going to get wors …we need to sell some players like Barton …he is getting paid 60K a week WTF …I don’t even know why we bother keeping him …any way with out at least 20 mill on transfer we r super scrued ..lall this chicken head players who some of u call stars are not even close to epl standard..but if we don’t have dope I say let’s give Inman at least 20 games this season..I say he is a future star .

  • Howay The Lads

    May 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree. We have to sell at least one first-team player, I don’t want to, but I think we have to get rid of someone. I don’t think barton should go though.
    I think, as much as I love him (and his hair) Colccini has to go. Would get a decent sum for him and it would be a lot of money off the wage bill. It’s also very easy to find quality CBs.

  • yuwing

    May 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #29

    better sell barton, ameobi and smith, probably can fetch around 8m, then buy other players like hunt, o’hara, dindane and other free agent.

    i believe that the sum of wages of 3 old player can pay enough the new players wage

  • munkeyboy

    May 10, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #30

    The bubble has definitely burst….was looking forward to next season, without too much expectation, however without some form of investment into the first team I’m more than fearing the worst now….. All for giving the kids a chance but, given more than a few injuries we will be in deep, deep trouble.

  • BeeGuy

    May 10, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #31

    With the retirement of Butt, termination of Hall & Pancrate there is a pot of money for a buy or two. Look for a few others to be sold off. Ashley is not going inot his own pocket for player purchases, but there are funds in the club.
    By the way, we should see what other club payrolls look like to see if we are squeeling for naught. Sure, Manu & Chelsea are huge, but what is it like at Everton & Fulham?

  • tappy lappy

    May 10, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    The joy of returning to the premiership has gone out of the window thanks to Fat Mike. The squad is not good enough for the premiership. Are we better than Wigan or West Ham. West Brom will spend. I never thought that we would spend big, i was just hoping maybe £15m on 3 decent players

  • WLtoon

    May 11, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #33

    The last time i heard a 5 YEAR PLAN mentioned in football terms was when the blundering mackems used it. and we all know how suscessful that turned out(not). We mocked at that because it was a sign of their lack of ambition and contempt of the supporters. Im afraid the boot is firmly on the other foot now.Someone said that Cashley is a laughing stock,that must be true, but so then are we, but does Fatty care,no chance.

  • Brutooon

    May 11, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Example of Very Good Youngster (Who manage to break to first team) – Steven Taylor, Caroll, Ranger

    Good Youngster (First team but still average) – Edgar, Ramage, Hutington(sp?), Lua Lua, M.Pattison? O Brian.

    Youngster that need more matches to prove themselves- Vuckic, Kadar

  • joppadoni

    May 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #35

    dont see anything wrong with the statement, mashley has a right to not lose money every year. anyone who thinks differents an idiot. promote from youth ranks sounds great to me too and if anyone says beattie for 3 million your high.. he was a decent championship player, of which we have plenty already. i doubt we will be relegated next season and the extra income to the club means we will buy players, just not direct from mashleys pockets. and another thing, whats with all the fat comments ? was same with fs, schoolyard shit makes me embarressed you ‘support’ the same team as me. stop being gloom murchants and childish or go support sunderland.

  • Robbanufc

    May 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #36

    I do agree with you Joppadoni! No need to go around whining about players we’re not going to get. We’re Newcastle United ffs! The players have had an amazing season in the Championship, and I for one have faith that they can compete in the EPL. Keep the faith lads!

    What we surely can say that we have, is a team that will bleed for their shirts every time they are on the pitch, either at home or away! WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!

    Harper, Krul, Foster
    RB: Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor
    CB: S.Taylor, Colo, Williamson, Kadar,
    LB: Enrique, Kadar (Get Van Aanholdt back on loan!)
    RM: Routledge, R.Taylor, Guthrie,
    CM: Smudge, Nolan, Barton, Guthrie, Vuckic
    LM: Jonas (Argentine international!) Get 1 more winger on a free!
    ST: Ameobi, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Ranger,

    We’re in good shape! Howay the lads!


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