Better news this afternoon for John Carver and the Newcastle United Under 18s, with the NUFC Academy side producing a win after two defeats in their previous pair of end of season play-off matches.

Newcastle beat Bolton 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Little Benton with Sean Longstaff and Ben Pollock providing the goals either side of a consolation effort for the visitors.

The win provides a rare bright spot since John Carver took over at the top, today’s Under 18s win only number 4 in 31 combined attempts by the seniors, reserves and academy sides under the new Newcastle Head coach.

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Since Pardew departed we now have the following results:

First Team: Played 12 Won 2

Under 21s: Played 9 Won 0

Under 18s: Played 10 Won 2

Total of Played 31 Won 4

(*** There is also the FA Youth Cup which has slightly different age criteria and the results in that competition this season have been 1 win in 1 game under Pardew. Then 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat under Carver in normal time, though the draw was converted into a win against Sunderland in a penalty shoot-out)

Friday saw the club announce their list of young players who were being released and those who had been offered new contracts.

Would be great to see the club moving forward again and getting wins throughout the three teams.

Naturally the first team is all important but the younger players need a framework where they can work through it and become stronger at the end of the process.

There needs to be investment at all levels in terms of both players and coaches.

Newcastle United must be pretty much the only football club where when the manager or any coach leaves, the replacement is an internal one.

The current set-up seeing John Carver, Steve Stone and Dave Watson all getting more responsibility after Alan Pardew left, with no extra ability added from outside.