Newcastle United Academy win first game in 168 days
Amongst the numerous conditions of him staying on, Rafa Benitez is determined to have a commitment to proper investment in the Newcastle United Academy.
In his infamous Sky Sports ‘interview’ (August 2017) Mike Ashley declared ‘I want to build Newcastle from the bottom up. If I had my dream, I want to start with the Academy. I want to be able to produce more players like Andy Carrolls.’
A shame that it had taken over a decade of owning the club to realise this was what needed to happen but better late than never…
Sadly, like pretty much everything the NUFC owner promises, this turned out to be simply more lies.
After a whole decade of refusing to allow proper investment in the Academy and the training facilities, rather than this August 2017 promise heralding a golden new era of investment in the Newcastle United Academy, instead only 13 months later Mike Ashley himself totally dashed those hopes he’d raised.
Rafa Benitez asked last summer that Mike Ashley deliver on his promise in 2013 to build a state of the art training complex, that the owner allows proper investment in the failing Academy, the NUFC owner refusing to do so on all counts.
The Newcastle United Fans Forum meeting in September 2018 saw the question put once again about the failing Academy and the failure to properly fund and support it (like everything else at Newcastle United), the club/Ashley response to the question was: ‘The club believes the debate around Academies is intensifying. There is a belief that it is becoming more and more difficult to bring through young talent…’
So basically, only 13 months after Mike Ashley’s ‘dream’ of a successful Academy at the heart of Newcastle United, he is refusing to fund any improvements because no guarantee of it producing players.
It is a self-fulfilling prophecy, failing to invest in the Academy means almost no chance of first team players being produced, which then means Mike Ashley can point to it as proof of why he shouldn’t allow money to be spent on it.
We have surely seen the fruits of that lack of investment hitting the Newcastle United Academy this season.
Since 1 September 2018, when the Newcastle United Academy side beat Wolves 1-0 at home, these have been the league results:
Liverpool 4 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 0 Derby 8
Man Utd 3 Newcastle 0
Everton 7 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 0 Stoke 3
Newcastle 2 Middlesbrough 3
Newcastle 1 Man City 1
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1
Blackburn 3 Newcastle 0
So a record of Played 9 Won 0 Drawn 2 Lost 7 Goals For 6 Goals Against 33
Then after 168 days without a league win, on Saturday 16 February 2019 it finally happened, Wolves 0 Newcastle 1.
Ironically, 24 weeks after beating Wolves 1-0 at home, the Newcastle United Academy side repeated that scoreline away from home yesterday.
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