Airdrieonians sign son of Newcastle United and France

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But the Ligue 1 club also announces that the academy and the reserve team will be put on hold

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 6:13 p.m.

Laurent Robert at his peak at Newcastle United. Photo: Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

The Airdrieonians signed French midfielder Thomas Robert, son of former Newcastle United and France player Laurent Robert, on the same day announcing that they were putting their academy and reserve team on hold.

The Scottish Ligue 1 club have said that shelving is necessary to negotiate the first team through the coronavirus crisis. They will reconsider their decision at a later date, but have warned that several other clubs may need to take similar action.

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A statement posted on the club’s website said: “Unfortunately, Airdrieonians FC made the difficult decision to suspend operations of our academy and our reserve team this year, with a view to re-evaluation at a later date. .

“The question of preparing our facilities to reintroduce professional play in a safe working environment for our players of the first team is crucial, and we doubt that there will be many academies or reserve teams next season, because most clubs have the same crisis management issues. at the moment.

“We are grateful to all of our players, coaches and support staff for their fantastic efforts over the years, with last year’s Reserve League Challenge Cup victory being a special highlight.”

The Diamonds also announced the signing of Robert, son of the former great Laurent of Newcastle, in the photo.

The 19-year-old joined the Lanarkshire club in Montpellier, the club where his father started his career, would have a 12-month contract.

“I’m very happy to sign for Airdrie, it’s a club with a good structure and a good stadium,” said Robert. “I think this is a good opportunity for me to come to the UK and play football as a first team.

“When I met the people at the club, I got a good impression of them – and for that reason, I think it will be a good platform for me to come and show my skills in a competitive league. I am excited to begin. “

Football director Stuart Millar said: “We are delighted to acquire the services of a talented youngster.

“Thomas could have joined any club in Europe but showed a desire to continue his football studies at Airdrieonians as part of his longer term plan to join a leading club in the UK – a decision that naturally delights us.

“Thomas will excite our fans with his pace and his ability to dribble, even if we have to give him time to settle in a new country. We are very grateful to his representatives for having entrusted our club with such a talented young player. “

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