The Big Improvements Players Will See At The Benton Training Ground

Rafa Benitez does not let the grass grow under his feet and being a natural workaholic helps – in fact it helps a lot.


Rafa identified changes he wanted made at the Benton Training grounds and those changes have been completed and credit goes to Facilities manager Eddie Rutherford and Managing Director Lee Charnley for getting that work done.

When our players return this week, they will see the vast improvements that have been made in such a short period of time.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
These two are effectively now running the club for Ashley

It is informative and interesting to read what Rafa said back on June 9th in the Chronicle about the changes being made over the summer:

“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.”

The amount of work completed is not too bad considering our final game of the season was only six weeks ago today.

As we said – Rafa doesn’t mess around.

Hopefully, this will let some of our wantaway players realize that things are going to be a lot different and a lot better with Rafa Benitez at the head of all footballing related matters at the club – helped at the executive level by Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Newcastle is fast becoming a proper football club.

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