Thu 12 Oct 2023, 11:59 · Ash Harrison

‘Fascinating’: Larne manager has highlighted the positives of their relationship with Newcastle

‘Fascinating’: Larne manager has highlighted the positives of their relationship with Newcastle
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Newcastle United are slowly building relationships with other clubs around the world that could be mutually beneficial going forward.

One such club is Larne FC in Northern Ireland whose manager Tiernan Lynch has been speaking to inews about the benefits of the arrangement with Newcastle.

“It’s a really exciting, interesting project at a fascinating time for both clubs.
“For us at Larne the benefits are clear. It’s the knowledge-sharing part of it, tapping into the way a massive Premier League club does things.
“Newcastle see the benefit in Larne being two-fold: one it’s the young players they can scout and recruit.
“Secondly it’s if we get to the Champions League or Conference League group stages – which is our long-term plan – there’s maybe younger players who they might want to get out on loan and rather than sending them to League One or League Two they can send them to Northern Ireland and get European football on their CV along with senior, first-team football.”

It's an exciting prospect for both teams, especially as Newcastle it could remove a step for Newcastle's recruitment team who are scouring the globe for the next big thing.

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Connecting with clubs such as Larne FC and other clubs around the world, Newcastle can create a network where they can pick off hot prospects at the source before they appear on other clubs' radars.

Manchester City's owners have built up an impressive network by buying into or buying outright other clubs and putting them all under the same umbrella. This is something that PIF would love to replicate for Newcastle but as the report on inews states - "initial investigations have prompted caution: it is a lot of work to do it well, can run up against local opposition and will inevitably be a drain on resources."

As things stand creating these mutually beneficial relationships is a good way to get the ball rolling.

Newcastle have also created a bond with Dutch side Feyenoord in the wake of the deal taking Yankuba Minteh on loan that could see players going either way for loan deals or even permanently in the future.

If Amanda Staveley's Newcastle are to succeed in delivering on the PIF's vision then such relationships with other clubs is going to be crucial and Manchester City's model is a fine one to copy in the future,