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Newcastle youth levels in crisis? Hammered at home by Sunderland, 2 wins in 24

4 years ago
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Are the Newcastle United youth levels in crisis?

We are all aware of the failure by Mike Ashley to back Rafa Benitez at first team level but it appears that at all levels the Ashley influence is hurting badly.

Apart from Rafa Benitez manfully battling against the odds at first team level with an underfunded squad, it is a bleak picture elsewhere.

If new owners don’t come in, where is the ambition going to come from, if all levels of the club aren’t at last properly funded and resourced.

People wondered why Newcastle’s young England star defender Lewis Gibson decided to move to Everton at the age of 17.

Well, earlier today, Newcastle United’s Under 18s were hammered 3-0 at home by Sunderland, leaving them bottom of the reserve league, which is divided into north and south at Academy level.

The likes of Derby, Sunderland and Middlesbrough all above Newcastle, as well as Man City and Man Utd etc, and Everton who stand in fourth. The Newcastle United under 18s have won one competitive match since April (one in 13).

As for the reserves it is a similar story.

The Under 23s (reserve) team level is a national two division set-up.

Newcastle are second bottom of the second division at reserve team level and have won one of their last 11 competitive matches.

The reserves have conceded 21 goals in only their last six games.

After many of the defeats, Under 18s boss Dave Watson and reserve team chief Peter Beardsley, often say how it is character building and a learning curve when losing.

Newcastle United are set to have some very big characters coming through, judged on these results…

It really does feel that this is a club in limbo, waiting for a change that can set it free to start again.

We have a manager in place who is capable of doing that job if properly backed financially and allowed to bring in his own people to help oversee it.

Mike Ashley can’t leave soon enough for me.
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