Beresford: Home help can revive Magpies

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Former Newcastle defender John Beresford believes the club must follow the example of Aston Villa and invest in young British talent if they are to achieve long-term success.

Beresford, who twice helped the Magpies to second place in the Premier League, has also followed former team-mate Rob Lee in backing Alan Shearer to be given the manager's job on a permanent basis.

"I would love to see Newcastle go down the route with the younger element, but British players. If I was to give a blueprint I would say Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa," Beresford told PA Sport.

Shearer came in for the final eight games of the season but was unable to prevent the club from slipping into the Championship.

And Beresford believes a combination of Shearer and a radical overhaul of their recruitment policy could finally bring success to Tyneside.

"There are some fantastic players in the youth teams at Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea who won't get into the first team," he added.

"Someone like Jack Wilshere at Arsenal, I would be asking if we could have him on loan and with Alan Shearer in charge you have got the pull.

"That's what I want to see, I don't want to see someone sign foreigners, you are gambling again, get the kids in and allow them to develop.

"And Alan is the only person who will be given the time to do that. Even if they suffer a few defeats he will be given time, but if they bring in another manager he is going to be under massive pressure."

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