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Benitez Will Want To Make Huge And Costly Changes At Newcastle – To Test Ashley

There’s no doubt that Rafa Benitez after two difficult years at Newcastle when he has returned the club back into the top ten in the Premier League – he means business at Newcastle.

Rafa wants to start making some structural changes at the club and has already talked about how the transfer procedures must change at Newcastle so we can get players in a lot more quickly than in past years when negotiations could go on for months.

Rafa will want to see changes there as he decides this summer whether he should sign a contract extension at the club; his current contract expires June 30th next year.

Rafa also wants Newcastle to invest in the infrastructure and wants to overhaul the Youth Academy and the Newcastle U23 squad, so we get more players coming through to the first team.

Rafa Benitez – at the Benton Training Grounds

In a well-run club, Rafa has said they want to see one player each year come into the first-team squad having been brought through the ranks.

Rafa had changes made to the Benton training grounds only a few months after he arrived – and they were cosmetic – the walls were painted in lighter colors, and more room was allocated for the players and the coaching staff to relax between training sessions and after training.

Rafa will now want to see Benton transformed over time into a world-class training facility which owner Mike Ashley promised us way back in November 2014 but has done nothing since then.

The cost four years ago was £25M, but that cost will have risen since then.

This is what Joe Kinnear, Director of Football said at the time:

“Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities.”

“Our current training ground has served the club very well but the new complex will give us all of the ingredients that we need to continue maintaining and enhancing the performance of elite footballers.”

“It will also be an added attraction when we are looking to recruit players.”

A couple of years ago Brighton upgraded their training facilities with a £30M investment – so we are lagging behind other clubs in this area – including smaller clubs.

Brighton’s new state-of-the-art training and teaching facility is a Category One status training center under the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s new Training Facility

So when Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley do meet to discuss both Rafa’s and Newcastle’s future, these are some of the things the manager will bring up.

Mike Ashley’s response to these demands will be interesting, and we may even be able to work out whether he wants to sell the club this summer or keep Newcastle for a few more years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 25, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Going for a swig of water in the night and gulping his lasses falsers instead is too good for Ashley.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 25, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Based on Brighton’s new facility I guess we’ll need major investment to do justice to a new NUFC Training complex and Benton is not the location so a new location and purpose built centre, pitches, pool, gym and medical facilities to start with. Add community facilities and yopure ;looking at a major investment nit just for the club but for the region. In fact Rafa will be planning “best in class” and second best won’t do. Say £50m ?

    Add £100m to build a new squad and there’s £150m out of Ashley’s piggy bank just for starters.

    So Ashley’s options are ?

    1. Keep the club and spend big £150m – unlikely scenario
    2. Keep the club and spend small – goodbye Rafa and any ambition of joining the European elite.
    3. Try to sell for £400m = no chance, if incoming owners then have to spend £150m to rebuild
    4. Sell for £350m and let the new owners take on the needed investment over the next few years, the Rafa project. Would hope so.

    Whether or not Ashley is capable of making the right decision for all concerned remains too be seen.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 25, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Lochinvar I think there are other options :

    1. Rafa gets 50 Mill for new players plus money from sales plus (say) 35mill for the complex.
    2. 80 Mill for players, plus sales, no complex.

    Rafa could be given a straight choice between the two?

  • hibbit

    Apr 25, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #4

    he could also get nothing and walk !!!!!!!

  • DutchontheToon

    Apr 25, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Lochinvar. Agree totally with your comments. Surely any dedicated new owners such as PCP would spend the money short term to have a massive investment long term . Man City and Liverpool are examples of what can be achieved with an outlay of monies\investment. It might take three years or even more but the end result would be fantastic. lets hope Amanda is that dedicated new owner.

  • Dragon64

    Apr 25, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    if PCP where that interested it would of been done now ??

  • nufc 11

    Apr 25, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Totally agree, PCP have seen the books done all the financials, knew the asking price based on nufc pl status secured. It would now be in the exclusivity period by now if the deal was on. What bothers me is that if staveley had a 28billion pound backing as claimed why was she trying to get the Ruben brothers to invest in her bid? Maybe Ashley was telling the truth when he said PCP were a total waste of time.


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