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Bruce’s Academy Push Is Step In Right Direction

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.

Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Bournemouth?

  • A. Saint-Maxmin (34%, 733 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (24%, 516 )
  • Fede Fernandez (15%, 322 )
  • Miguel Almiron (8%, 176 )
  • Ciaran Clark (8%, 172 )
  • Jetro Willems (5%, 98 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 65 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 26 )
  • Martin Dubravka (1%, 14 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 12 )
  • Andy Carroll (0%, 10 )
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  • Christian Atsu (0%, 7 )
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15 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Nov 10, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Daddy’s back!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 10, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone else think that Clarke should be coaching the strikers, his deft flick was sublime!

  • JohnReese

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Now that I’ve had the night to reflect on it, I have to say that was a great result yesterday. The performance was far from perfect but when you listened to pundits before the game, Bournemouth are the model club and we’re the crisis club but in reality we fully deserved that.

    I wouldn’t say Bournemouth played any breathtakingly good football, they were fouling all over the place and somehow getting away with it (whatever happened to home team bias?)

    If the front 3 can just start to add some goals then I will be more confident going through the season. I’ve no doubt in my mind when Almiron and ASM get their goals they’ll end up being worldies since they’ve missed so many ‘easy’ chances.

    Obviously the defence is what’s carrying us at the moment, you’ve got to give full credit to every single one of them. Individually if you looked at them you’d probably say they’re fairly average players with the exception of Schär and Lejeune but as a unit they cover each others weaknesses well and we have a number of leaders amongst them which makes such a difference in controlling the line.

    I still believe the midfield balance is going to be an ongoing issue for the rest of the season. I’m glad to see Shelvey has come back in and performed well, in particular I was impressed that he improved massively in the second half after a poor first yesterday. In the past those have been the times we’ve seen him lose his head and do something rash (perhaps the captains armband helped a little there?)

    Sorry for the big wall of text and if anyone has bothered to read it all you deserve a pat on the back. I’m just gutted we’re into the international break, last thing that we needed!

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Irish Rob…….. That was a short ban.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Talking about the long ball / long pass, Leicester won the title playing over the top of defences withVardy and Mahrez running on to it.
    Maybe that could work for us if the front lads start hitting the net.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    We are in 11th with 15 points. Ahead of Spurs and Man U, 2 points of Arsenal.

    Do all fans wants want us to be better off? Higher up? Have a more ambitious owner? The answer to all of those is yes. But given the narrative on here has been guaranteed relegation, and Steve Bruce would be hated by the players, why not give credit to the guy for providing a good start.

    There is definite progress being made over the last month and more chances being created. Is there still work to be done? Of course, and we should hopefully see evidence of this moving forwards.

    Does any of this change anything related to Ashley’s ownership? No, and nobody is pretending it does. But I don’t think we should stop enjoying wins and the team improving, in spite of the hindrance the owner is.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee Ryder
    “For all the controversial moments this season, with a 5-0 hiding at Leicester and a 3-1 collapse at Norwich thrown in, United are in the best shape for half a decade after 12 games.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #8

    So it is any coincidence that we’ve had a world class manager in place for the last three and a half years prior to that???

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail – We are 11th and are being told to enjoy the moment, Jeezus footin wept, the 8th richest club in the PL having an owner stick his fingers up at us and being told to enjoy it, while it lasts I presume, don’t expect to be any better, is that what the message is.

    If you won the lottery you’d complain about the £2 you had to spend on a ticket.

    Being sat at the table with you on Xmas day will be like being at a condemned man’s last meal.

    What a sad, sad, ‘supporter’ you are.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10


    why would bruce be hated by the players? Most of them probably didn’t know who he was. Apart from being prone to a bit of self promotion and credit claiming, bruce comes across as an avuncular friendly character who you wouldn’t object to having a drink with.

    On another matter, as someone who was born and lived in Tanzania I’d love us to sign Samatta. He’d definitely be a first.

    Tickets bought to see simple minds in Dublin in April and the toon winning, it’s been a great weekend.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 10, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Lilo I think that’s a balanced view and on reflection maybe I was a little harsh on Bruce yesterday.

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 10, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Can someone tell me why Saint Maximin can’t be on the right flank and Almiron on the left considering those are their more natural positions?

  • SA Toon

    Nov 10, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #13

    From one African to another, I think you speak the truth. I don’t believe any supporter could honestly say they thought we might be better off than we are at this stage of the season. Of course we were all sad to see Rafa leave, but give Steve Bruce his due – he’s managed to galvanize the squad and get the lads to deliver. I understand the frustration of those fans who’re advocating and supporting the boycott, but I can’t ignore the efforts of the team. I’m flying into Newcastle for the Southampton game and will be supporting from the stands with my son and his mates. I hope you’ll understand, but it’s an opportunity that I don’t get very often and I need to celebrate the team. HOWAY THE LADS

  • giimps

    Nov 10, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Unused, to enable them to cut inside and shoot with their favoured foot, i agree though , they should switch more often ( they have switched during games for a short period of time) or start the game on their dominant foot side and cross the ball for Joe /miggy/ asm .

  • IrishRob

    Nov 10, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Holy Scheisse I am back! Not long enough betty, lol. Great win yesterday.


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