Benitez Details Improvements To Training Ground


The Chronicle has conducted a very informative and long interview with manager Rafa Benitez, as they ask various questions about the status of things in different areas.

We are now in the second division but of course in the big overall plan of things it’s for one season only and we simply must be promoted next May.

The club financially can easily afford to stay down one season down below but not two.

Rafa has been asked about changes being made to the training grounds at Benton, as this was one big area he identified when he first arrived in March as needing improvements made.

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Rafa Benitez – overseeing changes at Benton

Here is the Question and Answer as provided by the Chronicle:

Question:

What plans do you have to improve the training ground, as well as the Academy, at the club? And how are those plans developing? What’s the timeframe for those?

Rafa Benitez Answer:

“We have already started on a lot of improvements to the training ground.”

“The purpose with everything we are doing there is to improve the environment that the players train in and the equipment and the facilities that they use so they are able to perform to their optimum level.”

“We had to consider not to disturb the preparation of the team and at the same time to improve the facilities.” “So, we are renovating the inside structure of the building, creating new spaces for working and for relaxing.”

“We will have double sessions on some days, so it is important that the players have spaces to relax and refresh and also to build the team spirit together.”

“We have already improved the gym, bringing in new and better equipment which will be a big improvement.”

“We will also be resurfacing the artificial pitch inside the indoor facility. It will be a 4G surface which is much better for the players to train on, there is less impact on the body and less problems with injuries.”

“If our supporters play in their five-a-side teams perhaps, then they will know themselves the difference between a poor quality artificial pitch and a 4G pitch.”

“The indoor hall is a very good facility and we need to make sure that it has a top quality surface so that we can make use of it for training throughout the year, but especially when the weather is bad outside in the winter. That’s really important.”

“We are also putting a 4G pitch in at the Academy.”

“Another important change we are making is to bring in an administrator to work with the players and their families.”

“This will be someone who speaks English, French, Spanish, to help players settle at the club and in the city and be sure that they are able to focus 100%  on the football.”

We knew Rafa doesn’t mess around and those are some excellent improvements being made and quickly too.

Wonder what the status is of the new world-class facilities we were promised back in November of 2013 when Joe Kinnear was the Director of Football?

We assume these are immediate improvements for next season and the general plan is still to improve the facilities completely at some point in the future.

The plans laid out included a swimming pool in the complex.

Maybe the old surface on the indoor training facility could have been responsible for some of the injuries Newcastle players keep picking  up in training?

It’s good to hear about all of these improvements because it does seem there are lots and lots of things going on at the club and the fans need to be kept updated.

It all sounds very good to us.

Comments welcome.



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67 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 9, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    @BandB

    Yeah I long for the days when we used to debate about teams , formations and signings all the time rather than this boring crap about real fans or multiple accounts etc BORING !!!

    Some proper football talk from Rafa finally!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 9, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #2

    No doubt in my mind the training ground plays a big part in our injuries, as does our physio room (which last I heard had space for 2 players)

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #3

    LCBP

    With reference no signings yet.
    It’s only June. All of the rumours in June are rubbish because absolutely everyone is on holiday.
    And there’s a championship on.
    Three sizeable lumps of driftwood floated out of town already.
    It’s almost like a new signing!

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #4

    But Lee,

    We have been a bit starved of normal football craic to talk about. We haven’t even had a goal of the month to debate sometimes.
    I sense the official website is already quite a bit more forthcoming than its been.

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #5

    One on top of the other, Yo.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #6

    @BandB

    Yeah I know its the euros but then how many top level international teams will have players that want to play for us in the championship?!?Pretty sure they will have offers from higher level teams

    Would prefer us to be looking at getting some of the best young British talent that are excelling in the championship or available from the likes of Man Utd , Chelsea etc although knowing Benitez we probably will be as he does have a clue what to do for a change!!

    I also like how Benitez will turn the club into being a bit more open and involved with the community as well as improving the facilities I still cant believe we dont have 4G pitches already !! No wonder we have so many injuries !!

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #7

    C’mon lads. Read this statement from Rafa and comment.

    Its the most refreshing thing we’ve heard in AGES.

    Professional attention to detail to combat a long-standing problem that has eluded the brains that have gone before him.

    This is GOOD news. And we are so starved we have forgotten how to eat.

    “Life is very short, and there’s no time, for fussing and fighting my friend.”

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  • AncientC

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #8

    “Another important change we are making is to bring in an administrator to work with the players and their families.”

    “This will be someone who speaks English, French, Spanish, to help players settle at the club and in the city and be sure that they are able to focus 100% on the football.”

    Sounds very Alex Ferguson-eqsue, reading between the lines. It may not just be journalists that players have to look out for; oot on the tap.

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve never had much interest in cheerleading for mediocrity.
    But I’ll scream my knickers off for the first flowers of Spring.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s about time the training facilities where upgraded. Will be interesting to see if that solves the problems regarding the number of injuries. Nice touch with hosting football tournaments for the locals schools 🙂

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Very true Ancient.

    Remember Carver saying “I can’r be expected to know everything they get up to” when his players were snapped leaving a London awards ceremony at two in the morning a training day.

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  • AndyMac

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #12

    “This will be someone who speaks English, French, Spanish, to help players settle at the club and in the city and be sure that they are able to focus 100% on the football.”

    So wtf have we done up till now ?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #13

    If we could actually sort out players no longer getting injured we have some canny young players for the championship for squad depth

    Aarons , Ameobi ,Good,and Haidara all left footed with quality would be great if they could play for more than 20 games in a season each !!

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #14

    as long as I breathe, I hope…

    and for the first time in a long time, I have hope…

    too flowery BandB? 🙂

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #15

    @AndyMac

    Sissoko and Cabaye were the French mascots before where they not ?

    Everyone else just got a Sports Direct style induction

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #16

    We managed the PR Andy…as if, if we got that right, everything would be okay.
    The word went out after that awards ceremony that everyone had showed for training that day….eventually.
    And it was duly reported.

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #17

    A yellow rose, Dok 🙂

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  • AncientC

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #18

    BandB, Not that I am knocking Carver, but I can imagine his idea of an ice-breaker and team building, would be getting everybody out on the lash together. Those old school methods probably worked once upon a time, but with players becoming more like professional athletes, the old devil’s butter milk has to be cut to a minimum in a player’s diet.

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m not knocking him either.
    He loves the club.
    Like I love my ex.
    But y’know, the man knew absolutely NOTHING!
    Sorry. pet 🙂

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Yeah looking back over the last couple of years it just seems so crazy as to why the hell did we hire clowns like Carver , Stone and Pardew to develop players from overseas?! They had no credentials for this whatsoever

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  • AncientC

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #21

    I thought Carver deserved his chance at the time, I had no idea it would go so terribly wrong, but, given the predicament and Carver’s history – I still believe he earned his shot at the job.

    I was envisioning Carver (when he got the job) as a man with his finger on the pulse of the Newcastle fans, ready to install attacking football. In my view, when Carver parked for a draw against Crystal Palace, it was the moment he lost his courage and the respect that comes with it.

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #22

    That past looks better through the rear window LCBP.
    Getting ever smaller.
    I’m even thinking about taking a peek out the front one. See where we are headed.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #23

    BandB @7
    Is that the same old story ?
    Everywhere I go etc

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Have you got my ballon sorted out Dok?
    Not yellow please.
    Not for Ali.
    I went to bed when I was about eight, expecting to wake up to hear he was “dead.”
    I did the same on Friday night, and like then, awoke at 6.15am, just as the news broke.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #25

    pick me a color.. was thinking white…. for his character…

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Except my beaming dad Dad wasn’t shaking me awake.
    Luckily, I’ve outgrown this love of watching grown men bash each other for money.

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  • martoon

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #27

    I have to say I am gobsmacked about a couple of things to come out of the interview.
    1 We’ve always had high rates of injuries in training and nobody has thought that 4G pitches might help!
    2 We have a lot of French & Spanish speaking players yet nobody has thought to get a French/Spanish speaker to help – administrator or whatever you want to call their roll!
    Presumably these are Rafa’s suggestions but really for a so called professional football club it’s unbelievable he has had to instigate these changes!

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #28

    White would be strangely fitting Dok
    The colour of his smile.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #29

    now, instead of turning on the television to see it, you can “see” it on here lol…

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #30

    anyway, im off… se ya’s manana…

    remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing…

    hell, im a positive person today, think ill stop for a drink at the local and get rid of this cheerful attitude 🙂

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Shirebrook Toon

    Doing more than 30 an hour now.
    First time all day.
    Since last night, in fact.
    Cue the tumbleweed?
    Watch and learn 🙂

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Goodnight boys.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I am off to finish watching ‘Gomorra’, highly recommended for any fans of ‘Narcos’.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Goodnight Bandb

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Newcastle Falcons play thier home games on a 4g pitch, as do saracens. They let people on it afterwards. For anyone who hasn’t been on one, they make previous versions of artificial pitch look like minefields. The ‘soil’ is some kind of polymer which actually feels like real dirt to the touch, and provides excellent drainage. I am not sure what the “grass” is made from, but it also feels like real grass, not plastic shards, or that grass carpet stuff they put down at outdoor fuctions. If you knelt fown blindfolded on it, you would swear you were on a lawn.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #36

    We appoint a former casino manager with no experience in football and put him in charge of running the football club, and when he ferks off we promote the post boy who used to hand out the team sheets and put him in charge of the football club.

    If you’re wondering why this operation looks and feels a bit amateurish…… 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m astounded only Martoon commented on the 4G pitch installation. The way Rafa is talking it sounds very much like they aren’t replacing a 3G pitch but an astroturf one! And those genius coaches McCardew, and physios and doctors never pondered why we were having all these injuries? How many ACL injuries at this club? 2 on one player alone! I bet they aren’t even wearing the right boots either! This just makes the blood boil at the complete idiocy by so-called professionals. What were the players thinking? Did they not have a voice in all this? Astounding, absolutely Astounding.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Here here ! Astounding I say Astounding!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Sorry mark didn’t mean to leave you out. 😐

    Even 3G pitches with the right footwear and not too small a playing area is a good training surface. 4G pitches are very good but aren’t the step up Rafa is talking about I’m sure. I bet they had patches sewn on the pitches as well the clowns.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Thank you Belfast. Now I’m off. Rant done, job complete 🙂

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