Newcastle United’s new owners are eager to get started on plans for a new training ground after all quickly coming to an agreement that the current Benton base isn’t up to scratch. It is believed that the club’s inspection of other Premier League clubs’ facilities has given the new board a great insight into the modern day standards of an ambitious European club.
Already work is under way to find a new site and what will provide the club with the best base in terms of logistics with location and accessibility high on their list of requirements. Chronicle Live understands that one potential area of the city that cropped up in early conversations was Parklands in Gosforth Park.
Areas close to Newcastle Airport have also been part of a wider conversation but nothing is concrete at this stage. But fans will simply be delighted to hear that moves are being made to take Newcastle to the next level.
Whether such areas would prove to be a feasible locations to build a multi-purpose training facility remains to be seen. But one big factor is that Newcastle chiefs want the new site to be able to accommodate the senior squad, Under-23s, Academy and the Women’s team all in one place. Connecting all areas of the club is also something that dovetails with incoming technical director Dan Ashworth’s vision for United.
The club will also look to improve the media facilities, with an auditorium for the Press mooted, and interview rooms. Like Leicester City’s new complex it is also expected that private accommodation for the players to sleep at before big games or before or after European trips will be provided. Newcastle’s next facility – which is also expected to include a swimming pool – will be up there with the best training grounds in the country.
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Ambition at Newcastle extends beyond simply staying up this season
The Magpies have enjoyed a superb nine-game unbeaten run with Eddie Howe landing manager of the month for February to boot. Some books have even stopped taking bets on United staying up given they have 31 points in the bank and another 33 to play for.
No specific targets have been set at United but a bonus for players and staff remains in place from the previous owners and is based on their final league position with greater sums paid out per league place. For Howe it is winning performances that count most though with success on every other level always likely to follow top-flight victories.
Howe has also been backed to take the club on another Middle East mid-season tour during the club’s upcoming 16-day break.
Newcastle will be keeping close eye on South American youngster
The Magpies sanctioned a loan move for Rodrigo Vilca this week with the 22-year-old joining Universitario de Deportes. The move sees Vilca – who started the season on loan at Doncaster – join one of Peru’s most famous clubs.
United loan chief Shola Ameobi is planning a trip to Peru to run the rule over the former Deportivo Municipal star in the next few months. Given Vilca is on loan until January there is plenty of time to see how he adapts to life in a title race.
Ameobi will be able to hook up with his former team-mate Nobby Solano who used to manage Universitario. Solano has an encyclopaedic knowledge of South America and has the ability to recommend some of the top talents in his home country to the Magpies.