As you may have been aware of, Peter Beardsley has been moved away from the day to day coaching of younger players and is now our Football Development Manager.
It’s a fancy title that will impress some, but it left me wondering just what the role was, and whether it not it made any sense to move a person with such technical prowess away from coaching the next generation of young stars.
Essentially Pedro’s new role is aimed at improving the recruitment of young, talented players which is fair enough, although I thought we were doing quite alright at that anyway. However something clicked with me late last night and I now realise just what Pedro will be doing.
Those of you who have had your finger on the football pulse may have heard about a new initiative called the Elite Player Performance Plan.
Essentially it’s a plan to get the best young home grown players into the best academies at an early age ensuring that they work with the best coaches available. Friends of NUFC Blog from a site called ‘It’s round and it’s white’ have a much better summary of the rules which you can read here. I suggest you have a look as it’s a cracking site.
Anyway, it struck me how these new rules seem to align with Pedro being out and about looking for top young talent at bargain prices. It’s fits Beardsley’s remit, and it also fits with Mike Ashley and his love of a bargain and incetivised deals. Now it makes a bit more sense, even if it perhaps wasn’t originally intended to be a part of Pedro’s work.
For cubs like ours, who are trying to get going on the development front, it’s a good move. It means that we can pick up the brightest talent for relatively little cash, and only pay more if they make it into the game and trigger certain clauses, like playing in the Premier League or playing for an international team and so on.
Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but the timing of Perdo’s appointment, along with the remit stated by the club and himself, seem to suggest that his new role as Football Development Manager and the new initiative of the Elite Player Performance Plan go hand in hand.
The unfortunate thing is that it’s going to be a while before we see any benefit of it, but this is Newcastle and “long term” seem to be the buzz words at the moment. And with Pedro, Pardew and the rest of the coaching staff all tied to five year deals it would seem to suggest that the long term future is firmly in mind at the club.