Osman: Scholarships Should Be Longer Wednesday, 25th Jan 2012 16:11
Town U18s coach Russell Osman says he’d be in favour of academy scholarships lasting for three and not two years as is currently the case. Former defender Osman joined the club not long after manager Paul Jewell took over a year ago.
Osman told the club site: "As it stands, the academy scholarships run for two years, so the lads finish them at aged 18, but in my opinion they should really be a year longer.
"I think that way there would be more of a level playing field for all of the kids, because by the time they are 19 or 20 they are pretty much all emotionally and physically developed.
"Whereas at the minute there are still some boys we see that could benefit from having another year here to develop a little further, before having to make the decision on whether to offer them a professional deal or not.”
Apology letter sent to Mr Magilton. Jewell resigns and takes Hutchings, Lidell etc with him Osman is caretaker till end of season and buys 2 central defenders two right backs a goalkeeper and a young playmaker. Chopra returns to form and scores 12 goals in the run in
I Agree with this. However I have watched the u18s on a regular basis this season and even with another year I can not see the majority of them improving enough to be offered deals. I do not like to say this but it is the poorest Ipswich u18 side I have seen in years and unfortunately seems to be following the rest of the club in going downhill. Anyway onwards and upwards as they say lets hope i am wrong and we produce some exciting players to push our club forward
I keep hearing that The Owner (whoever he is) is about to scrap the Academy as it is not ‘economically viable’ (and the land must be worth a fortune). Bearing in mind that this is The Owner who allowed the sale of JRhodes (and lost Andy Rhodes in the process), plus sold or let other good players go for beer money, and employed a retired parachutist as Chief Ex', and the idiot 'Keano' as 'manager', I'm beginning to really worry now... PJ, who is a football man, doesn’t stand a chance.
I would agree having watched them this is the poorest U18 side for a long time and most of them look unworthy of a pro deal but when whight is in action he does not look like he deserved a pro deal either so who knows. Osman does not look a great manager or motivator from the displays at games and a few of the players get moved around the field in a different position every week so you would have to question the methods in the right environment as in Scotland a 3rd year may be beneficial but then they would never get a game here a handful of reserve games and played mostly by OAPS so it is a useless point to make