Newcastle Utd boss keen on partnership with Gateshead


ALAN Pardew is open to setting up a loan partnership between Newcastle United and Gateshead.

The Football Association last month revealed chairman Greg Dyke’s England commission, and the main headline from it was the proposal to introduce B teams to the Football League pyramid.

However, another phase of the proposal was the setting up of ‘Strategic Loan Partnerships’.

That would allow clubs in the Premier League and Championship to build a partnership with up to two clubs playing at League One level or below.

The ‘senior’ club would be able to loan eight players under the age of 22 at a time to its ‘partner’, while they would also send coaches to transfer expertise and ensure the players are developed in the way they want.

The wages of all loaned players and coaches would be paid by the senior club.

Pardew can see the benefits of such a system, and feels Newcastle and Gateshead could develop a loan relationship.

The likes of Paul Dummett, Jak Alnwick and James Tavernier have all spent time at the Conference club on loan from Newcastle in the past.

And Pardew would like to send more United youngsters to the ambitious club in the future.

He said: “I actually like the loan system.

“Of the (FA proposals), I actually like Phase 2 better, whereby we can loan to a club we have a relationship with.

“That makes a lot of sense.

“We’ve got Gateshead. I’d love to be manager of Newcastle and send a couple of players there.

“Our fans can help their revenues as well.

“They could travel there to watch our players.

“I do actually like that second bit of the plan.”

Football League clubs rejected the B team and loan plans earlier this month.