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.