While there has been plenty of speculation about the transfer spending, what will Newcastle’s new owners look to improve?
Appointing a new sporting director is a priority for Amanda Staveley and her fellow directors – and Luis Campos is one of many names under consideration.
Newcastle have been training at Darsley Park since 2003 but Staveley said the facilities were “really horrible” and needed improvement, and St James’ Park “needed a little love”.
“There’s no point in having fantastic players if there is no suitable place for them to train,” Staveley also said.
Speaking on the Essential Football podcast, Sky Sports News journalist Keith downie reviews any off-course upgrades the new owner will be looking to make.
Stadium, training ground, academy, women’s team …
“In terms of FFP the club are in a good position as they haven’t spent a lot of money in recent years which has increased the amount the new owners can spend as Mike Ashley has been so careful.
“But what’s not so appealing is the state of the club: the stadium is definitely in need of work and a lick of paint, and the consortium is well aware of that.
Amanda Staveley described the training ground as ‘awful’ last week, so it’s something she’ll either want to start over completely or refurbish, but I imagine they’d like to tear it up and start over.
“They don’t own the pitch that the training ground is on, so I imagine they could build a whole new training ground elsewhere, similar to what we saw in Leicester, where they built the their on a local golf course.
“And they obviously want to invest in the city. Newcastle Stadium is right in the heart of the city center, among bars and restaurants and nightlife, unlike many stadiums these days.
“So they want to improve the surroundings, as we saw in Manchester City, to bring it up to standard.
“They want to invest in the club’s infrastructure behind the scenes, the business side of the club, and they also want to improve the academy, which is not the best, and they want to invest in the women’s team.
“So they basically want to invest at all levels of the club to make Newcastle a superpower, as we see at Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and others.”
“The owners want to build gradually”
“It’s not just about coming in and paying the squad money, they know it’s a huge project and they want to bring Newcastle to this level.
“They are also aware that if they have more money to play with for signings, they know they need to increase the club’s income. This will allow them to spend more in the next transfer windows.
“I think it can be easily achieved here, as the club has been run very carefully over the past 14 years by Mike Ashley.
“Their goal is to be up there, take on challenges and hopefully win the Premier League within five or 10 years.
“It took Man City three years to win their first trophy and four to win their first title. I know Newcastle fans might not want to hear this but I think they would be quite happy with three years enter now and win their first trophy.
“There’s a lot of work to do – it’s a team with a relegation battle on their hands, in the last three, have two and a half months to go without signing any players. I think they would look at Man City. like a good model.
“I know Newcastle fans will be desperate for instant success, but I don’t think it’s that easy. The owners want to do it gradually, do it right and want to make sure they make the right decisions to the club and city.
“But at least the fans know they will be competitive, because under Mike Ashley they were never competitive, they just existed in the Premier League.”
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