Chris Waugh and George Caulkin have another outstanding article today in The Atheltic.
And they have been talking to one of Amanda Staveley’s close advisors who tell them that the new consortium will start right at the beginning and plan how to make Newcastle United into a world-class football club.
It was back in 2013 that we were promised a world-class training ground, but nothing has happened since then.
When Rafa came in, he ordered a few changes, a fresh coat of paint on the walls to try to brighten up the Benton Training Grounds.
He also ordered new fourth-generation (4G) turf on the indoor training facilities and replaced the old fashioned 3G turf that was in place.
And that seemed to immediately cut down on all the hamstring injuries we used to get.
But injuries were creeping back in this season under Steve Bruce: we don’t know.
The Benton Training Grounds today
But once the Premier League OK the takeover (next week perhaps?), the new consortium will leap into action so to speak to get things going – at least in the planning stages.
It could be difficult because of the lockdown, but they will look into exactly what’s needed at Newcastle from top to bottom and move quickly in several areas,
One area due for improvement, of course, is the former squash courts, which are now Newcastle’s training grounds at Benton, and they are just not good enough.
A close advisor to Amanda Staveley has told The Athletic some exciting things today:
“It’s literally going to be day one when we get there,” “We’ll be starting from scratch. There’s a lot we don’t know. What would we need?”
“Can we do it all in Benton or do we need to move? Where could we build an alternative training ground? Who would design it? Do you have the first team and academy at two sites or together?”
“We know there are certain things you just can’t do on site properly, from rehabbing injuries, preparation work and recovery, because they’re using a local gym for its pool,”
“We’d want it to be bigger and better, with a world-class gym, bigger changing rooms, space for an expanded medical department and masseurs and scope for better match recovery.”
“We’d want a purpose-built video room. The canteen is quite small.”
“Basically, you want to encourage players to stay there longer, because then you know they’re eating properly, doing the right things, being looked after, spending time with each other.”
“That’s part of the formula for a successful team.”
Note that this will all take time.
But they will at least come up with plans reasonably quickly on what it will take so that Newcastle can become one of the best football clubs in the world.
I’ll say that again – so that Newcastle can become one of the best football clubs in the world.
Something we have dreamed about since Sir Bobby Robson was fired 16 long years ago.
It looks like it’s all going to happen.
We hope it’s all going to happen.
Comments are always welcome.