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Discussion in 'England' started by The Guardian, Aug 16, 2013.
Jade-Jones scored for Peterborough tonight in the FA Cup
There's a GK camp at SGP this week; James Beadle (Charlton), Kieran Flavell (Barnsley), Toby Savin (Accrington) among those there.
Giosue Bellagambi (Huddersfield) also there. Has been involved with Italy in the past.
Spurs, City & Chelsea eliminated from UEFA Youth League. Liverpool through to Round of 16 with Derby in the play-offs.
Their potential opponents are Club Brugge, Red Star, Dinamo Zagreb, Atletico, RB Salzburg, Lille, Dortmund or Lyon. Would definitely hope to avoid Salzburg, Dortmund & Lyon.
Is there much point of Swansea having a Category 1 academy if they are just going to becoming a finishing school for Chelsea's talented youngsters? Also, if they do go up, which they aren't a million miles from doing so this agreement falls apart.
Seems a hard equation to balance for Swansea, how do you continue to attract boys when the reality is they will be dictated to by Chelsea with regards to players in that 18-20 age range that need to play.
They've been chopping at their academy for the last few years already. As always, the impacts of it won't be felt for a few years while the existing structure carries them along for a while. That'll be what harms it.
They've only recently gone to Cat 1 which must have been a big investment, plus a big continued investment - the latter is going to be hard to stomach on Championship turnover with no big backer or Parachute Payments going forwards.
Seems an especially strange tack to take when you see the money they have raised through James, McBurnie and the quality they have added through Rodon and more
It's always the case. Academy/youth recruitment usually the first to take the brunt of mismanagement of first team transfers/contracts. Perverse really.
Sunderland kept hold of their Cat 1 grade, which is pretty surprising.
I've been looking at Palace's planning application for the academy training ground and one of the main supporting statements surrounding the implementation of a full size indoor pitch – which, incidentally, is the main reason for objections from local residents – is that it is "highly likely" that a full size indoor pitch will be necessary for Category 1 status in future. The FA letter to the club says it will need to be 105m x 68m
I haven;t seen this anywhere, or searched for the initial reports, but mentioned on BBC Welsh Football podcast Swansea City are looking to downgrade to Cat 2, with Cardiff looking to go up to Cat 1.