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The Big Improvements Players Will See At The Benton Training Ground

12:50 pm, Sunday, June 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Facilities · Newcastle News · Other News · Training Ground

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:23 PM


    Yes with rafa it may be, but it still doesn’t sit well having charnley and carr still in the building, along with Beardo and watson.

    C &C have lost the club fortunes with some horrendous decision making and lack of identifying what the club has needed for the last god knows how many years.

    It still grates enormously we are now a championship club with all the money invested and subsequently wasted by those goons.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:27 PM


    because of his infamous handball against the irish.

  • 3 JP...from The Rock // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    It doesn’t say the works are finished though. It sounds like a lot to be done in a short space of time. If it is done then well done Rafa and it might stop most of our injuries and help new players adapt to playing at Newcastle.

  • 4 JamesToon // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:31 PM


    I agree but hopefully Rafa has been given far more power and authority over them. There’s a reason why he brought in Mikel Antia, who was a development manager in Qatar so I suspect hell work with the academy a bit

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    I’m so happy that Rafa is here that I’m trying to forget that Churnley is still here and that Beardsley and Watson are in charge of their teams. I am genuinely confident that Rafa has got a handle on everything concerned and is biding his time to see an improvement in results or having them replaced, they may well turn out to be useful given the right advice as well. We have to assume that Benitez could have gone to any PL club without a manager or hung on till a position became available. He seems to be here for the long term and would understand that a successful youth set up would be a key to future success. For the first time in years I have full confidence in the club.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Sissoko not starting.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Ron Knee,
    They know he only turns up against the big teams so are saving him till they play Holland in the WC qualifiers.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    When your as good as him you get to decide who you’ll play against.

  • 9 Ron Knee // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Jail, ouch!

  • 10 JAMSHA // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Just Offer Townsed A New Deal Put A 50 Mil BuyOut Clause, We Cnt Loose Him. Could Be Worth More In 2 years

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Ron Knee,
    I’ve got £400 quid resting on them not getting through.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    james and jail

    fingers crossed!

  • 13 Ron Knee // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM


    Pogba, Kante, Griezmann, Payet, Giroud, etc. Good luck with that!

  • 14 ShirebrookToon // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Come on Ireland!

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Ron Knee,
    Ha ha, that’s why I got 8/1

  • 16 Jib // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:02 PM


  • 17 Bobbybee // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    That wasn’t in the script lmao! Get in.

  • 18 Ron Knee // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Not the start France would have wanted!

  • 19 Jib // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Ireland should be playing out from the back not just lumping it from the goalie straight back to the French

  • 20 ShirebrookToon // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Counter attacking football for Ireland now. Hit the frogs on the break as the game gradually becomes stretched

  • 21 Bobbybee // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Early doors yet jib, they should settle down hopefully. They can’t try to out football the French or it might go tits up? It ain’t pretty but if they do for the french – happy days all round. 😉 Don’t like long goal kicks myself unless you’ve got an andy carroll up front. Pass it out and keep the ball. Boot it long and it’s simply 50/50. Interesting clash of styles though mate.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    What a shame Rob Elliott isn’t in goal, this guy has made six appearances for West Ham. Seems to be doing OK though.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Sissoko the CL game changer must be wondering when he’ll get his chance.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Is Platini allowed at games these days.

  • 25 Bobbybee // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Ireland appear to have taken the French totally by susprise? Good game thanks to that though and long may it continue.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Want Ireland to go through but not too bothered if they didn’t. £400 changes all that, going to be a long second half 😮

  • 27 WWSBRD // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    This games ends in a France handball winner doesn’t it?

    I will be amazed if Ireland can hold on

  • 28 Novocastrian66 // Jun 26, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    JFA. Dechamps has job on his hands to sort out the French. They look devoid of ideas. The Irish are breaking the game up and spooling at every opportunity. Going to be an interesting second half. Your bet is looking good.

  • 29 sing in the corner // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Come on Ireland! Revenge is a dish best served cold! Hold on you boys in green. (HOYBIG) 🙂

  • 30 Ron Knee // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Could this be Moussa’s moment?

  • 31 seantoon // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    I like the look of that Shane Duffy CB for the Irish.

  • 32 Jib // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Duffy started out playing for Norn Iron but opted for the Republic when he turned 20.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Ron Knee,
    I just can’t believe Sissoko hasn’t been brought on to turn around Frances fortunes.

  • 34 sing in the corner // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Anyone else reckon Gironde is hugely overrated? I think he is lucky to be a starter for arsenal really. Seems to spend most of his time walking around twisting or muttering to himself..

  • 35 sing in the corner // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:13 PM


  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    You read Exodus, did you read Trinity’s as well?

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:14 PM


  • 38 sing in the corner // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Sorry Jail, hope I’m not jinxing your bet 🙂

  • 39 sing in the corner // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:17 PM


  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Oh no!

  • 41 Ron Knee // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Good goal, in fairness.

  • 42 welshgeordie9 // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:22 PM


    If you think souness and dalglish are the only two Scottish players to well over the years then you know and bettytalkaloadofbollocks know nothing about football, how’s your bet going now by the way.

    Ha ha ha

  • 43 welshgeordie9 // Jun 26, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Although i do want the Irish to win.

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