Ged McNamee

McNamee delight at under-18's performances


Academy manager pleased ahead of tour of Scotland.

Sunderland’s Academy manager Ged McNamee has been delighted with the Black Cats’ returning under-18 side as the young Black Cats picked up their second win of pre-season with a 6-0 drubbing of Airdrie on Tuesday.

McNamee watched on as a Jordan Blinco double, as well as strikes from Martin Smith, Jas Sukar, Rees Greenwood and Ethan Robson, downed the Diamonds at the Academy of Light.

And, McNamee has been full of praise for the application shown by last season’s Barclays U18 Premier League semi-finalists.

“It’s a young squad and they’ve come back with a really good attitude,” McNamee said. “The opposition might not have been the greatest but our attitude had to be right and we needed to do it the right way and obviously we did that and scored goals.

“Some of the lads that have been in the squad have been here a long time so they know the way we want to play – obviously they’re young players and sometimes it’s just a case of getting them to stick to the game plan.

“They are young players, and they’re learning the game, but overall I’ve been really pleased with the last two or three weeks.”

Coach McNamee along with Carlton Fairweather will take the under-18 side for a pre-season tour of Scotland on Saturday where they will face sterner opposition in Rangers and Hibernian.

And McNamee is excited to see how his side deal with the two under-19 sides from Scotland.

“We go to Scotland on Saturday and we’ve got a game on Sunday against Rangers which will be a tougher test than Tuesday and then on the way back we play Hibs,” he added.

“We’ve played Hibs a few times – it’s always a difficult game to play - but again it’s a learning curve because they’ll probably be playing against older lads and you obviously looking at how they’re going to deal with that.”