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Reports Of Massive Blow To Newcastle’s Youth Strategy

8 years ago

There are reports this morning that Newcastle United are one of the clubs to suffer the blow of failing to achieve the top grade under the new four-tier Premier League system for youth development.

As well as a financial blow, the main damage to Newcastle United would be that clubs given the category one status will be allowed to scout youngsters from further afield instead of just locally.

Fulham, Southampton, Stoke, West Ham, Wolves and the mackems have all announced that they have been accepted but are reporting that Newcastle, Blackburn and Crystal Palace have all been knocked back.

Twelve clubs have been inspected by the league’s independent standards organisation and the Professional Game Board has ratified the recommendations of the audit team.

Twenty three clubs applied for category one status and Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Middlesbrough are believed to be the four other newly accredited Category One clubs.

However, Newcastle, Blackburn and Palace are believed to have all been awarded Category Two status.

In September, the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, Aston Villa, Reading, Bolton Wanderers, Norwich, West Brom and Watford will be independently audited and then rated accordingly.

Under the funding mechanism for the new system – called the Elite Player Performance Plan – each Category One club is projected to receive a minimum £775,000-a-year in Premier League funding from the youth development pot. Category Two clubs will receive a minimum £480,000, Category Three clubs £210,000 and Category Four clubs £100,000.

Each club is graded according to criteria such as facilities, productivity rates, coaching staff and funding, with a fixed tariff paid for players under 18 according to how much time has been invested in them.

If Newcastle have indeed failed then it will be at least two years before they would be reviewed and re-categorised if necessary.

The chances of producing more Steven Taylors and Andy Carrolls will therefore be made even more difficult.


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