oozy Posted June 2, 2007 Share Posted June 2, 2007 Having just read that Ciaran Donnelly had been released by Blackpool, I decided to search for him on the internet to see what he had done since he'd left Blackburn, and I came across this article from late 2002 http://www.thefa.com/England/U19s/NewsAndF...02/11/29799.htm What came to my attention was the amount of familiar names in the 16 that day: 13 Lee Camp 2 Justin Hoyte 5 Pablo Mills 6 Liam Ridgewell 3 Marcel McKie 8 John Welsh 4 Ciaran Donnelly 7 Lee Croft 10 David Bentley 9 Edward Johnson 15 Jerome Watts Subs: 1 Luke Steele 12 Matthew Gardner 14 Steven Schumacher 11 Anthony McNamee 16 Peter Whittingham 17 Matthew Kilgallon 18 Tommy Wright From the evidence of this match, and other U19 match reports around that date, it was obvious that Ciaran Donnelly was the pick of the bunch. However, looking at that team, almost all of the 16 have gone on to play either Premiership or Championship football. The only ones that havn't are mackie, johnson, watt and donnelly. Two of those are from the Blackburn academy. Is that a coincidence? I tend to think not so. It's obvious we don't have trouble spotting the talent and getting it into the club. But all our academy players seem to fail at the final hurdle. Why is that? Even if you look at the current crop, they've stagnated(Gallacher, Peter, Mcevely to name but a few). Is it the coaches? the infrastructure? Im wondering if anyone can pour any light on it for me..... Is it really worth it having an acadamy that has such a poor track record. Surely its only going to be time before youngsters realise that if they want to make it in professional football, Rovers are not the club to come to. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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