A lot has happened recently within Newcastle’s organization. Surprisingly, after a great win in PK’s against Sunderland, many youth players have been released. Included in the group of released players are Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Tom Heardman, Curtis Good, Stuart Findlay, Kyle Cameron, and others.
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is in the midst of an appeal against Newcastle and Peter Beardsley who allegedly was racist and abusive towards some of the academy players. Newcastle and Beardsley have continued to deny the allegations and the investigation will most likely conclude by the end of the season.
This radical change also follows Bobby Moncur leaving his position as board member, although it is unclear if either is related.
So what does this mean for Newcastle? It isn’t much of a secret that Newcastle has struggled to get any talent through its academy and youth squads; Paul Dummett being the only player on the first team that rose through the system. It could also mean that Rafa Benitez has more control over Newcastle, maybe even hinting a long term stay with the club. Benitez really has a chance to make his mark on the organization, maybe even turning Newcastle around. But of course there’s still Mike Ashley...
It will be a busy offseason for the Toon. What do you think about this change? Let us know!