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Rafa Frustrated That Youth Academy Changes Took So Long

Rafa Benitez has talked about the changes to be made for next season at the Youth Academy.

But Rafa has said they are not vital to whether he stays at the club and he has been talking about them for a couple of years now.

Newcastle have identified three new positions at the Academy, and they include a new U23 manager and also a loan coordinator for the youngsters.

Rafa wants to bring more players through the youth system and into the first team and this season has had outstanding success with 21-year-old Sean Longstaff.

Rafa Benitez – better late than never

This is what Rafa said when asked in the Chronicle whether the changes mean he will be staying at Newcastle:

“No it means we have been talking about it for a while.”

“In the end, we have done it and hopefully it will be for the good of the club.”

“We will have an idea how to improve things and we have waited too long to do it.”

“But now it is a good sign” “My future is not linked with that but it is still something positive.”

“I have been talking with Ben Dawson in the past and he told me the idea for this year.”

“It is not that I am deciding.” “I am just informing.”

“To be fair we have been talking about it with them for a couple of years now.”

Ben Dawson will take a new more technical-based job, and he could be named as head of the Youth system at the club.

It’s one change Rafa wanted at the club, but he seems frustrated it took Mike Ashley so long to agree to the changes.

The goods news is he’s pleased it’s finally been done, and there’s some additional investment in the Youth Academy.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Pickup Points Benitez

    So that’s at least three of us old boys. Anybody else out there?

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    DubaiMicky , Re Beardsley

    I used to take my Grandson to play Sunday junior league football from the age of U 7s right through to U 16s with the same club under the same coach, before my Grandson had to quit football due to a serious knee injury. I witnessed the comings and goings of lots of young kids during that period, most of the goings were down to the coaching techniques . looking back 5 years later it could be argued that the coach was treading a fine line between abuse and banter by the “technically correct” observer. It’s human nature that the coach always” get’s it “when the kids or parents don’t see the situation as the coach does. I can’t judge if Beardsley is guilty or innocent but 5 years on, my grandson’s coach could well face the same accusations as Beardsley, judged in the present context of today.


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