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Matthew Le God
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Pompey have cut back significantly on their youth schemes in the region.

 

For example on the Isle of Wight...

 

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/Longserving-coach-39bitter39-at-Pompey.6146271.jp

 

But North was told by phone on Wednesday by director of youth operations Paul Smalley he was being sacked. His son Andrew, Pompey's under-13 assistant coach, was dismissed in a similar manner.

 

It leaves the Isle of Wight with no ties to the Blues.

 

North has already been approached by a club with a view to taking over the Isle of Wight production line, which includes a total of three centres looking after kids aged six to 14.

 

I'm sure the club already has this under control and is fully aware.

 

Saints should not only on the Isle of Wight but elsewhere in the region be looking to expand the youth network left behind by Pompey. Perhaps even hiring the coaches and youth scouts that were sacked by Pompey with their contacts and local knowledge.

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IoW would definitely be a good idea, having three legs in football would be a definite advantage.

 

Might you be confusing the IoW with the Isle of Man by any chance?

 

Anyway, the article says

 

"North has already been approached by a club with a view to taking over the Isle of Wight production line, which includes a total of three centres looking after kids aged six to 14"

 

So maybe saints are already doing just what the OP suggests.

 

K.

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Might you be confusing the IoW with the Isle of Man by any chance?

 

Anyway, the article says

 

"North has already been approached by a club with a view to taking over the Isle of Wight production line, which includes a total of three centres looking after kids aged six to 14"

 

So maybe saints are already doing just what the OP suggests.

 

K.

 

Nope, I'm working the incest angle.

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Pompey haven't got a development centre, the first team train at a school in Southampton FFS! saw them on sky sports news would have loved the reporter to say here I am in Southampton at a school, so avram.... and when poopey where jetting off for the burnley game from......Southampton airport. It would tear my heart out if I knew the saints trained in a PO post code.

Well apparently a company are planning on taking poopey over..... Eatonfield Group Limited.... Here's there tel. 01829 261910 If any1 wants to have some friendly banter

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Are there (m)any current pros from the Isle of Wight..?

 

Just had a quick search and there are a few.

 

Gary Silk who came through the skates youth system and currently plays for Mansfield

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Silk_(footballer)

 

James Hayter who came through with B'mouth and now at Doncaster

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hayter_(footballer)

 

Lewis Buxton came up through the skates system and currently plays for Sheffield Wednesday

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Buxton

 

Shaun Cooper came up through the skates youth system and is currently at Bournemouth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Cooper

 

Lee Bradbury was born on the Island but not sure if he was brought up there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Bradbury

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