Charnley outlines Newcastle’s vision for their academy
Newcastle United’s managing director Lee Charnley has confirmed the club are desperate to bring in more local talent to their academy.
The Magpies’ academy has been under the spotlight in recent days after their memorable 1-0 win over Manchester United at St James’ Park before the international break.
Steve Bruce’s side climbed out of the bottom three in the Premier League thanks to a second-half strike from Matty Longstaff on his Premier League debut. It was a special day for the Magpies as they ended their wait for a win after a tough few weeks in the north east.
Last Sunday’s success was also a special moment for the Longstaff family, with elder brother Sean playing alongside Matty in the middle of midfield.
Newcastle fans have been critical of the club’s lack of spending in recent years, but Charnley says the board want to try and make a success of their academy by bringing through more local talent.
He told The Athletic: “To see Sean do it last year and Matty get his opportunity – and he looked like it was his 25th or 50th game, not his first – was so pleasing for everyone.
“We want to be the best academy in the region. Our vision is we want local boys to look at it and think it’s not going to be full of boys from London, Manchester or abroad. Between nine and 16, it will be an academy with boys predominantly from the local area. There will be exceptions, but, generally, it will be local.”
Newcastle’s academy has helped bring through a whole host of Premier League players in the last few decades, with Fraser Forster, Paul Dummett, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul and Charles N’Zogbia among those to have graduated in recent times.
Bruce’s side are back in action next weekend after the international break, and they face a tough battle as they head to London to face Chelsea.
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