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Newcastle Ready To Overhaul Youth And U23 Setup And Personnel

While Rafa Benitez has not got everything he asked for from Mike Ashley, there is more investment being made in the U23 and Academy setup for next season.

The Chronicle are reporting today the club are ready to appoint a new U23 manager and have already appointed a new U18 manager for next season.

Over the last two months, Newcastle have been looking at who to recruit for the new positions.

There is also a brand new position of loan coordinator.

He is responsible for looking at clubs to loan young players out to – after we had some disasters this year with some of our youngsters going out o loan and not playing.

Rafa has said that top clubs in Europe have this position and it’s an important position.

Former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn – likely to be appointed U23 manager

Ben Dawson is well thought of by Rafa and will likely take a more responsible technical role over the Academy coaching staff,

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper will leave the club.

Former youth team manager Dave Watson has left the club and will be replaced by former Foundation coach Neil Winkskill.

Newcastle will shortly announce a new U23 manager, and it’s likely they will appoint former Leeds United
manager Neil Redfearn.

Neil worked at Newcastle this season for a short while helping out Ben Dawson, and he was impressive, showing all his experience in the game.

This is an area at Newcastle where investment is well spent.

It should help Rafa and his backroom staff develop young players in the future who can become first team players.

Sean Longstaff proved how that is possible least season when the local lad was a revelation playing in the first team.

Manchester United want him for £20M this summer, but there’s absolutely no chance Sean will be allowed to leave his home town club.

No chance at all.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • SwissSte

    May 23, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    since there’s no update on Rafa, this has to be seen as encouraging overall and things could be progressing.

  • geordietom

    May 23, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    really good read if you can take time …

    Is Mike Ashley now finally selling Newcastle United? The Mag07:42

  • posada

    May 23, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Goodwill. We all know what it is. We all know when we are receiving it and when we are giving it back.
    From Goodwill you get confidence, loyalty, motivation and commitment. The management gurus would say you get discretionary effort.

    Trouble is you can’t define goodwill. Can you write it into a contract ? You could argue that if goodwill is not there you should go your separate ways.

    Clearly MA wants Rafa. Why would he not. Three years in the Prem at 125M a year = 375M.
    But, on what terms.

  • wartongeordie

    May 23, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Good news for the academy, if we can push more of our talented youth players through like Longstaff, it will boost everything, it wasnt that long ago a third of the England team were Geordies, we have local talent and need to encourage it.

  • lesh

    May 23, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5


    Whilst good will may be difficult to define, you may agree that we’ve seen all the signs of Ashley’s negotiating style – negotiating in bad faith – being intentionally dishonest, being deceptive rather than acting in good faith.

    Ashley’s ‘every last penny’ comes to mind as an example of bad faith.


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