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Newcastle To Add Former Leeds Head Of Academy Recruitment To Similar Role – Report

Newcastle appear to be set to make yet another behind-the-scenes appointment. It’s one that could pay massive dividends for the future of the club as it involves youth recruitment.

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Paul Midgley will become the new Head of Youth Recruitment at St. James’ Park. Midgley had been a northern youth scout with Manchester City since August.

This could be an excellent appointment for Newcastle. Midgley is a well-respected judge of young talent. Prior to joining City, he was Leeds United’s Head of Academy Recruitment where he oversaw the signings of players aged 12 to 16.

Midgley will oversee a critical aspect of Newcastle’s rise back to prominence. The talent scout should come ready with a number of domestic names after focusing on the north for the defending Premier League champions.

Newcastle have also been linked with a number of foreign youth targets in recent months. Many hail from South America with talent-rich Brazil a primary area of focus. Recently interest in Flamengo wonderkid Matheus Franca came to light.

Aussie talent Garang Kuol will be the first signing of the winter window with Newcastle primed to add more young talent. Kuol didn’t play in Australia’s 1-0 win over Tunisia today.

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383 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #361

    Niafron, nice pithy comment to my fellow Irishman Magic about Killeshandra. Woke up early and I see the Munster recording was interrupted 🙁 so I’m watching the Chelsea game on motd instead 🙂

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #362

    Just read that article on Kuol, I too wish he’d started against Tunisia. Looks like he only got a start against France because the game was done. Australia only need a draw, would be a fairytale if they’re trailing 1-0 and he comes on and saves the day.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #363

    I wonder if there’ll be an streams for our game in Saudi next week, hopefully we’ll see Isak play some decent minutes.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #364

    The tickets for Vallencano are still up for grabs, it’ll be interesting to see how many turn up for that given the Carabou Cup is only a few days later and the Women’s game is around that time as well.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #365

    Unfortunately I’ll be at work for all three as I think I’d have gone to all of them, I’d like to be part of a record crowd. Not sure what that is mind given the Emirates hosted a 47K one and I’m sure the Nou camp had a turnout that eclipsed that against Real Madrid women. I hope they get an accurate amount next time as I believe there was a lot more than 22K there the last time.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #366

    Couldn’t fine a lone furrow song so the Lone ranger will have to do 😀

  • Not another deJong

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #367


  • Not another deJong

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #368

    I have nothing to say when there is nothing nufc related in the Guardian!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #369

    There is, there’s that article Scythe posted during the night.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #370

    Well it looks like another night of coming home’s drunken ‘banta’ has took its toll on the blog again. I suppose by the time anyone’s waded through that pile of shite it takes away one’s appetite for discussion.

  • Wor B

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #371

    Was considering telling a Lone Ranger / Silver joke but it’s a bit lame.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #372

    I only know one Wor B,
    The punch line is delivered to Tonto after a slap in the chops, you were supposed to bring a posse 😕

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #373

    Sod this for a laugh, I’m away for a cup of tea.

  • JohnJ

    Nov 27, 2022 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #374

    Mort – Nov 26, 2022 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #285
    Jurgen Klinsmanns in trouble surely

    What’s Klinsmann been doing then?

  • Wor B

    Nov 27, 2022 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #375

    Telling Lone Ranger / Tonto jokes!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #377

    Klinsmann doesn’t work for any FA or is employed by any clubs, I’m not sure what punishment he could face, the Ayotolla could grant a fatwa, that wouldn’t be too clever.

  • Regan

    Nov 27, 2022 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #378

    RIP Gary speed..

    Gone but not forgotten..

  • Not another deJong

    Nov 27, 2022 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #379

    “”Queiroz then called into question Klinsmann’s official role with Fifa””


    Such a relief, I can carry on with the rest of my day at ease.

  • JohnJ

    Nov 27, 2022 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #380


    I was a big fan of Garry Speed! Superb player with a Rolls Royce motor – Tragic loss to everyone.


  • JohnJ

    Nov 27, 2022 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #381

    Wor B,

    Thanks for that Bonny Lad!

  • Not another deJong

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #382

    Remember that Gary Speeds death was the responsibility of Barry Bennell, the system that protected the perpertaitor and offered no support to a victim that still struggled decades latter.

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #383


    The reason I asked about Georgeopoulis was that I once knew a Shields lad years ago who used to go there for the whole summer, every summer.

    I’ve never been there, to what was then village but like all sleepy and nice places on Crete, it now seems to be a very popular resort as has Hersonissos which I’ve passed through many a time during what were my annual trips to Crete.

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