Not the greatest of seasons so far for Newcastle United.
In six games, from Academy level up to first team, it has been a case of five defeats and one draw with a massive 22 goals conceded already.
Last Saturday saw all three teams in action, Steve Bruce’s first team losing 3-1 at Norwich, the reserves losing 2-1 at home to West Ham, whilst the Academy team were crushed 7-1 at Manchester City.
With Mike Ashley having refused to allow proper investment in the Academy, as well as pretty much anywhere else at the club, apart from a few coats of paint, the signs aren’t good for the future.
However, it must have been demoralising enough for the NUFC under 18s without hearing what Gareth Taylor has had to say.
The Manchester City Academy team boss wasn’t impressed with his side despite hammering Newcastle 7-1 on Saturday.
He declared about the Man City kids: ‘I thought we were poor in the second period and not great in the first.’
A further sign of the massive gulf between Newcastle United and most other Premier League clubs, not just Manchester City.
Gareth Taylor adding: ‘We haven’t had a top performance but the result was there.’
Rafa Benitez wanted to properly rebuild Newcastle United from top to bottom but Mike Ashley point blank refused, instead just wanting the club to exist and float along, without any long-term plan to build for any level of success.
Gareth Taylor speaking to the official Manchester City site:
“I am pleased with that aspect (winning) and it was a good scoreline on Saturday…but I wasn’t happy with the players and I let them know that afterwards.
“I thought we were poor in the second period and not great in the first.
“We work hard here day in, day out and the game at the end of the week is the icing on the cake and I felt that we too often came off the hymn sheet.
“They are a talented group and a good bunch of lads and we have high standards.
“Ultimately, I always look at the performance as that is what you pride yourself on.
“We haven’t had a top performance but the result was there.
“So, it’s a good start and we want to continue in the vein of achieving good results, but we also want performances to improve before we go into the international break.”
The results so far for Newcastle United this season:
10 August – Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 3 (Academy team)
11 August – Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (First team)
12 August – Reading 6 Newcastle 0 (Under 23s team)
17 August – Newcastle 1 West Ham 2 (Under 23s)
17 August – Man City 7 Newcastle 1 (Academy)
17 August – Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 (First team)
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