There’s an encouraging report in the Chronicle today that a significant overhaul of the Newcastle Youth Academy is already underway.
That was one of Rafa’s requirements if he is to stay at Newcastle and he had told owner Mike Ashley he could produce some top players if there was sufficient investment into the Youth Academy.
The emergence of 21-year-old local lad Sean Longstaff – who already looks a superb player – may have convinced the owner that what Rafa was telling him was valid.
The club now have announced they have several new positions they need to fill for the upcoming season as part of the new investment in the Academy.
One position is for a specialist loan manager so the youngsters are sent out on loan to clubs where they can benefit from first-team action.
The Elias Sorensen’s loan deal to Blackpool this last few months has been an utter farce and disaster – with the 19-year-old not making the previous six squads at the seaside club.
Why on earth was he sent there – is a good question that needs to be answered with Sorensen one of our top young talents who has played only 32 minutes for Blackpool this year.
The current U23 manager Ben Dawson will now move into a technical position overseeing other coaches and Newcastle will bring in a new U23 manager for next season.
This is what a portion of a club statement that has been issued as reported in the Chronicle:
“The Club is looking to recruit a Player Development Coach (U23 Lead – Professional Phase) to work within Newcastle United Football Academy.”
“(They will) Work in conjunction with the Head of Coaching and U23 performance staff to plan, deliver and review the Player Development Programme in order to produce players capable of making the transition to first team football, primarily at Newcastle United Football Club.”
“The Loan Player Coordinator will work in conjunction with coaching, recruitment, safeguarding and education staff at the Academy to ensure that the Club’s loan strategy is efficiently and effectively implemented.”
“And provide weekly feedback to the Loan Management Team, including players’ progress reports to ensure transparency and effective management of all processes.”
This could be excellent news because Mike Ashley seems to be moving to invest money in the Youth Academy and that is one of Rafa’s requirements to stay at the club.
There was also news a few days ago that Ashley is willing to bring another top player in this summer.
That’s after he finally brought in Miguel Almiron in late January – with the 24-year-old already looking a cracking player for Newcastle.