Pardew keeping faith with youngsters
Alan Pardew has admitted his attempts to incorporate the club's young players into the first team this season has failed.
Despite the setback, Pardew revealed he has not lost faith in any of his young charges, confirming that players like Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier will all be afforded further chances with the club in the future.
That followed Pardew's decision in the summer to include a number of the club's youngsters as supplement to the first team squad - an idea that backfired as Newcastle struggled in the lower half of the Premier League table.
Now able to afford his youngsters temporary loan deals away from Tyneside after a spate of January signings, Pardew is eager to see the results of his youngsters playing regular first-team football.
"One of the calls this year that we perhaps got wrong was those younger players," Pardew said. "We perhaps felt they could work in the first team and to a good level. That probably has not proved correct but I will never lose faith in the younger players we have here.
"We just have to keep trying to work with them and that's one of the reasons why they have gone out on loan, because they need to improve to get in the first team here. We have sent out the cream of our young players - Ferguson and Sammy (Ameobi) with Tavernier shortly - and we'll hope to see a reward for that next year."
The weekend could also see both Ferguson and Ameobi make their debuts for Birmingham and Middlesbrough in the Championship.