Originally Posted by SSDD
who says the residential part has to be at the AOL?
the club has owned places where the young players have been housed. Malcom Crosby ran one in the early 90's with his wife before he toke over as manager.
too many 'glass half empty' people on here
Eric Gates stopped with Bobby Robson when he first went down to Ipswich.
It might have been okay back then when young lads had left school at 15/16 but what we are talking about now is kids probably 11/12 or even younger and we are also talking about quite a number of them. If the kids aren't going to be living at the academy then it becomes a lot more expensive not to mention the logistics involved if kids are scattered individually around the city.
I'm not sure what hoops we will have to jump through to achieve a category one academy or to what level (there are four levels apparently) we will enter this new plan - assuming we do. As I read it failure to achieve level one would see us losing the likes of Henderson at a much younger age to higher up the ladder academies.
Sorry if I came across as glass half empty (it was early) but I'm suggesting that these changes to the academy setup may have some bearing on our failure to erect the barn yet and could cost us a lot of cash if we don't achieve category one status.