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Steve Bruce Wants Input In ‘Future’ Of Club

Earlier this week, Neil Redfearn left his position as Newcastle Under-23 head coach under contentious circumstances. There was reportedly some friction between him and his assistant Liam Bramley.

Redfearn had been appointed to the position in June and was the third Under-23 head coach in the past two years. Now Newcastle will undergo a search for Redfearn’s replacement.

It is an endeavor that Steve Bruce would like to have some say in. Speaking to the Chronicle, this is what Bruce had to say about the search for the next Under-23 head coach:

“I would like to think I would have some sort of input. Academies are there for the future of all clubs. So there will have to be a certain structure in there.

“All managers expect that but if I can have an input, which I hope I will have, we can come up with somebody who can fill the role and do it well.”

Steve Bruce has taken a keen interest in the Academy since joining Newcastle. He has attended numerous games and has a good track record of bringing through young players.

Steve Bruce and Steve Clemence– attending an Under-23 game

It makes perfect sense that Bruce would like some input in the process. Bruce should also have many contacts in the game and may even have some coaches in mind that Newcastle could take a look at.

The Academy is an area that Newcastle need to improve drastically in the coming years. Far too few youngsters have had an impact on the Newcastle first team. While the Longstaff brothers both have recently broken through, they are exceptions rather than the rule.

While Newcastle have been making the right noises in terms of improving the Academy, they need to make sure they bring in the right coaches to develop their top prospects. With his wealth of experience, Steve Bruce can be an asset in finding that person.

51 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #41

    But he had small hands, Rob. Try to be fair and balanced.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #42

    Lovely weather.

  • Bants

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #43

    Bad news story from my Chinese itk, Mr Cho at the Golden Dragon.

    Before he locked up last night he left a freshly cooked pot of satay on the kitchen bench to cool.
    When he went to open up this morning he found that the place had been broken into.

    Nothing stolen, but some cretin had taken a shit in his satay pot.

    Mr Cho was furious cos he’s had to chuck half of it out!

  • geordietom

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #44

    for those who missed it …

    two Newcastle Fans marooned on a desert island for 20 years , Bob said to his mate ” i see sunderland lost again today . his mate replied how the bliddy hell do you know that ? …

    Bob said to his mate ‘ well it is saturday aint it ”

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #45


    The biggest failing of the academy is not getting young players out on loan to the right clubs.

    Too many left to play reserve team football, first team experience is a must.

    We have Strolla now, hopefully things change in that dept.

    Onwards and upwards

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #46

    Dinosaurs lived between 230 and 65 million years ago, in a time known as the Mesozoic Era.

    Humans and their forbears have been around for less than a million years.

    I don’t see Bladey’s comment as an insult!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #47

    19 Hours 36 Minutes to KO

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #48

    Ref for tomorrow is Martin Atkinson, don’t think he’s done us any favours in the past!

    But then again I don’t think we get favours from any ref.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #49

    Wonder if Sorensen will get any pitch time tonight?

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #50

    He did, that Ron, just like those terrible Thesauruses that used to roam these lands!

    I has to be said, if there is an uptick in the performance of the academy, no credit should go to the Owner. Buying and signing discarded players from other clubs’ Academies to fill the gaps left by a generation of Geordies failed by inadequate coaching and sub-standard facilities is not a path to a sustainable academy.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 8, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #51

    OP, agreed with that point on the lack of game time for our loan lads affecting their development.

    Bit of a mixed bag so far this season – Kell Watts and Rolando Aarons are examples of good loans working out well, Elias Sorensen obviously a massive problem for him.

    Again, though, you wonder why the club suddenly brought in a loans manager at that point – who drove it, Rafa or Ben Dawson or maybe a mixture of both?


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