In the wake of Neil Redfearn’s departure, Newcastle are going to have another rethink about the club’s Academy according to a report in the Chronicle.
The Academy went through a semi-restructuring earlier this year. However, with Steve Bruce now at the helm, he would like to have more input in the club’s youth recruitment and staff.
They will take the opportunity of having the vacant Under-23 head coach position for Steve Bruce to do just that. According to the Chronicle, Steve Bruce wants the Under-23s to have a closer link to the Newcastle first-team. The next reserve manager will be key to accomplishing that.
Steve Bruce and Matty Longstaff– Bruce wants more Matty Longstaffs at Newcastle
Steve Bruce and his current assistant Steve Clemence worked in a similar fashion at Hull City where Clemence was the Under-23 boss. Bruce wants to have a similar relationship to the next Under-23 manager at Newcastle.
He also would like to see more players pushing for the first-team. However, that will take investment in talent at the youth level. Newcastle have been linked with a few 16-17 year-olds over the past few months in Rochdale’s Luke Matheson, Queens Park’s Reagan Thomson, and Hearts’ Aaron Hickey.
Ideally, Newcastle would have at least five players pushing and ready to make the step up whereas now they just don’t really have any.
Steve Bruce also wants to make sure Newcastle are locating the best local talent to bring to Newcastle. One of those players that Newcastle do have is Matty Longstaff who is out of contract at the end of this year. It also a priority for Newcastle to get the 19-year-old tied down on new terms as soon as possible.
Both Rafa Benitez and Kevin Keegan have spoken recently about the importance for Newcastle to have top youngsters in order to compete in the Premier League in this day and age. Hopefully, Steve Bruce can be the catalyst to get that accomplished.
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