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If Newcastle Stay Up This Should Proceed – Quickly

1:42 pm, Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

It was understandable when last year it looked like we could go down that the plans for the new world-class training facility at Benton were put on hold and since things have got worse than last season – then it’s not surprising that the work still has not started.

But Newcastle need to get the work completed at some stage so if we can survive this season and stay in the Premier League then hopefully some plans can be put in place to start and finally complete the work.

new training center - artisys impression

Proposed new training complex – plans improved

The new training facilities should help to attract top players to the club.

There was an update given on the new training facilities last Monday night at the Fans Forum meeting.

Steve Hastie representing NUFC Fans United asked for an update on the new training ground building.

This is the response from the club:

“As noted in the last Fans Forum (October 2015), the club explained that it had reviewed its construction plans to see if enhancements could be made.“

“Those improvements have been added, resulting in a superior facility to the original drawings.“

“Those plans are with architects and the club will proceed at the most appropriate time. The club still has the same desire to improve those facilities.”

There was then a follow-up question from Bryn Tennant, young persons representative on the Forum.


“When the new training centre facility is complete, will that mean training camps like the recent trip to La Manga are no longer necessary?”


“The club stated that training camps would still be an option, given the benefits of having the players training together and bonding as a team for an extended period.

“The club explained that it selected La Manga very carefully and plans were already in place in advance of the Chelsea game. The location enabled the squad to focus solely on training without distraction.

“It also presented the club with an opportunity to arrange a match given the proximity of other teams on training camps, such as Lillestrøm SK, given the extended period of time between Premier League games.”

There’s some truth in having training camps in warm weather places in the middle of winter, because it’s easier to get the physical work done outside – but the trips can also be good for team spirit with the players living and eating together for the time away.

You always get to know people better that way.

The only thing we suggest is the last game before they go on these future trips the players need to make sure they give 100% effort in the game – not like the disgrace at Chelsea.

As a reminder here is some of the literature that was put out by the club on the new training facilities when it was initially announced over two years ago in late November 2013:

“Newcastle United Football Club have announced plans for a stunning new state-of-the-art training complex as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Club’s existing 35-acre training ground site.

“The current intention is that work will get underway in May 2015 and when complete in early 2016, the Magpies will occupy one of the finest training facilities of its kind in Europe.

“The Club’s current Training Centre building will be demolished and replaced by a much larger, high-tech structure.

“It will accommodate newly-designed changing, training, rehabilitation, medical, leisure and catering facilities and will also introduce the latest aquatic technology to the site, with a 20-metre swimming pool, a hydrotherapy and fitness pool and specialist equipment to aid injury prevention and recovery.

“The new construction will also create a fitness centre double the size of the Club’s existing gymnasium, as well as administrative space, a presentation suite for match analysis and a new media suite.”

And it’s good those initial plans have been improved.

So let’s hope we can survive this season and have a piece of that £8.3B of Premier League TV rights over the next three years – starting this summer.

It would be more than a tragedy if Newcastle are relegated.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Fitness · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Meanwhile in the boardroom of nufc, risk planning discussions are under way…

    “Yes Lee?”
    “Would it kill you to cut your fingernails?”
    “Sorry my petal, I would have but I lost my teeth again. I was looking for Sir Pawsalot…”
    “Graeme how many times…he doesn’t even exist man”
    “…I WAS LOOOOKING for Sir Pawsalot, glanced at the floor and CLATTER! – gnashers gone. Found my underpants though”
    ( wailing ensues from a cardboard box under the boardroom table)
    “Graeme – Bob’s hungry again can you open a can of kidney beans for him?”
    “Aahhhh…sorry Lee…”
    ” Aye yeah yeah sorry you just said…no teeth. Chuck him another one of those Balti pies out of the bin. And Graeme?…”
    “Yes Lee my little marshmallow?”
    “…Would it absolutely kill you to cut your toenails?….”

  • 2 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Picture caption – Close your eyes and pretend this is real.

  • 3 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    I expect this ‘work in progress’ to be promptly mothballed nay cryogenically stored should the not-talked about pit of despair (Championship) clasp it’s cold fingers round our feet and pull us down.

  • 4 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    “The club explained that it selected La Manga very carefully and plans were already in place in advance of the Chelsea game. The location enabled the squad to focus solely on training without distraction.

    I think it’s fair also to mention the “all you can eat” breakfast buffet and the free local drinks package helped oil the wheels on the tour bus.

  • 5 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    If nobody else is joining in I will be forced to pick an argument with Pokat. Don’t think I’m bluffing.

  • 6 spitfire_ // Feb 26, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    If Newcastle somehow stays up, the new training ground is the last thing we need! The very last thing! The first is a new head coach. The second is remove all dead wood and strengthening at ALL necessary positions. This time with quality, not quantity. Because we have quantity at the middle, but still we have lack of leaders and quality.

  • 7 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    I think the training ground has been on the back burner for some time now. it’s a Plan B and we all know what Lee and The Bored think about those. Nothing. I agree that there needs to be some stability to stop this vessel from the scuppering the Marx Brothers are implementing before we start getting the table linen out.

  • 8 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 26, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Hey guys. New training complex if we stay up? Surely a new manager?

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 3:37 PM


    Is this a test?

  • 10 bettyswallocks // Feb 26, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Skin like a rhinoceros .

  • 11 TheToonKing // Feb 26, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    relax….we won’t stay up.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Feb 26, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    …………..wise words seem to have been spoken too early- as another idiot has apparently arrived.

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Re. Carrick previous thread, if we are going for oldies I’d rather Milner was brought back.

    As for the new state of the art training ground, what was the injury situation when the facilities were more primitive.

    Are our lads still using wheely bins for ice baths.

    And what the club needs is one of those oxygen chambers, would pay for itself in months.

    Afternoon Tsunki gets frustrating talking to yourself doesn’t it. 🙂

  • 14 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Essex yes it does because he talks rubbish most of the time. 🙂

  • 15 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Hang on, it sounds like you are suggesting wheelie-bin ice bathing is low-tech!!! No!!!!!

    I think the new state of the art techniques will involve the academists with handlebar moustaches, slicked centre-partings, wearing one-piece black bathing suits over white leotards, lifting cannon ball dumb bells and then running and jumping on the spot shouting “Hup-La!” occasionally. There may also be those little monkeys with fez’s knocking about, and calliope music.

  • 16 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    With Steve on the Hurdy Gurdy, sounds good to me.

  • 17 lesh // Feb 26, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Reviewed the plans for the training complex my ‘rse.

    The plans would’ve been put on hold as relegation was a real threat until May 2015!

    Nothing wrong in doing that given the circumstances but ffs, here we are again staring it in the face again.

    Charnley claims they review failure and learn from mistakes.

    Oh yes, they say they learn but there’s no evidence of that. If they were students, they’d have been kicked off their courses years ago.

  • 18 Sav // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    FIRST thing we need is a new GM, because with Chinless Charlie in place we will NEVER attract a top coach with ambition and cajones. THEN we need a new Head Coach. or should I say Manager.

  • 19 Sav // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Whether ‘hands-off-the-tiller’ Ashley has the necessary to upset the cosy, dull arrangement is another thing, but Charnley has to go Priority Number 1.

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