Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has revealed there's a talent crisis in the Northeast.

He told the Sunday Times: "Our academy here just let the whole of their final year go without signing even one of them as a professional.

"It means the young boys we've been getting aren't good enough, and obviously that's a concern. We have to do better in terms of development. I'm concentrating on the first team at the moment, because that has to be my priority, but in the near future we'll have to look at the kids' set-up."