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Wharton departure will be somebody else's gain

By Lee Ryder on May 17, 10 07:16 PM

When Newcastle United announced that they'd come to the end of the road with Kenny Wharton, the gut reaction for any Geordie fan has to be one of sadness that the Mags have lost a bloke who genuinely cared for the club.

Away from the 52,000 sell-outs and the big games on a match day at St James' Park is where Wharton spent much of a tenure at United which spanned more than 10 years.

Not in the big time, more like on a field on cold days watching just whether the next generation of Toon players have what it takes to make it through.

Wharton was a whole-hearted player in the old days in front of the Gallowgate and he was a whole-hearted coach for the black and whites.

His opinions after games were always honest and refreshing but perhaps more importantly he helped bring on players like Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor and Fraser Forster to name a handful.

He also helped the young guns get to three FA Youth Cup semi-finals in five seasons, and the exits against Liverpool, Man City and Aston Villa were all narrow ones.

As stated, United's loss will only be somebody else's gain.

2 Comments

LN2MAG said:

Any news on the circumstances regarding his departure Lee? And thanks for uploading the brilliant video clip again,I never get fed up of watching that one!!

Geordie Lee said:

The term 'mutual consent' has been bandied about. I doubt we'll get much more info that that from behing the iron curtain!

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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