Newcastle United – 2.

Howay the Lads !

Local Hero

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The people of Newcastle need a player they can call their own. A local lad who bleeds black and white.

When you begin your new journey on Football Manager, I believe it’s of vital importance that there’s at least one perpetual overarching aim attached to the save.

Throughout my time with Newcastle United, I’d like to eventually be in the position where the club is able to source and acquire the best young footballing talent from the surrounding area and, the North East in particular.

The north of England has produced more than twice the number of England internationals as the south since their first official match in 1872.

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We need to nurture our own talent and, granted they must be of the required standard to merit being in and around the first team squad, but that’s the route we have to take as a club going forward. Developing talent from England is one thing, however, being able to bring through players from the North East and Newcastle Upon-Tyne, in particular, is the holy grail for us and ultimately the place we want to be at.

  • Peter Beardsley
  • Chris Waddle
  • Paul Gascoigne

All three instantly come to mind when you think of a local hero.

The sheer essence of Newcastle United.

Waddle, Gascoigne and Beardsley lining up for England in 1990.
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All three were without question – world-class footballers, each with their own individual styles of play. Their respective Newcastle United careers were to be short-lived, however, as a United site in typical yo-yo form failed to hold on to their prized assets – thus selling them on for a cash reward.

This is something that we will continually be striving towards in every decision we make starting from day one.

Although, in order for the club to develop our own talent from within means we (somebody) must invest, and make drastic improvements to the clubs training facilities.

The current complex at Darsley Park is outdated, run-down and in need of a massive upgrade or, better still, demolished and rebuilt. Darsley Park in a way mirrors the image that Newcastle United have carried for some time now.

Our training facilities are drastically below some of our Premier League counterparts and things must improve.

Leicester City has announced plans to build a £100 million training complex – following in the footsteps of Bournemouth and a host of other Premier League teams who have moved to strengthen their bases.

Burnley spent £10 million on a new training ground, while Brighton opened a facility costing £20m back in 2014.

Darsley Park

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Having assessed every player currently featuring in both the Under-23 and Under-21 sides – It’s alarmingly clear that there’s no real shining light that we can look to and manufacture into a first-team regular.

There are however two players that with the right amount of support, can hopefully develop into useful players for Newcastle United.

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Currently on loan – having been sent to Slovan Liberec by previous manager Rafa Benitez. Now with three International appearances for the nation of his birth, Jamaica, where he joins Bayer 04 Leverkusen sensation, Leon Bailly on the team sheet. I’m not entirely convinced he’ll make the grade at Newcastle but, I’ll certainly give him his chance upon returning to North East England.

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The young man from Gateshead has recently made the jump from the Under-23 squad to join the senior side. Sean has already made a handful of important appearances – scoring two vital goals in the process.

As we grow and develop as a side – time will tell if Sean has what it takes to remain at the club.

He’s currently understudied to Ayoze Perez in the AM slot.

Tipped in the media as the new Paul Gascoigne…

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I intend to do all I can to develop Sean Longstaff as a player.

Do you enjoy these little bite-sized blog posts?

I’m going to start off by releasing my aims for the save in shorter – easy to digest little updates.

In the next instalment, I’ll be looking at my commitment to playing football ‘The Entertainers’ way.

The game has moved on somewhat since the days of that great swashbuckling Kevin Keegan side but, we’ll be putting a modern spin on things; playing the way I love.


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