Eddie Howe believes the plans to develop the current training ground are “hugely important”, feeling it will only aid our bid to bring “world-class players” to Newcastle this summer.
The much needed additions to the club’s Benton base look set to feature hydrotherapy pools, an extended dining area, new medical rooms, upgrades to presentation and changing rooms, a new players’ room and improved offices for the manager and his coaches.
It is not an entirely new training ground – it looks like that will come in time – but, as Howe says, it’s a step in the right direction that can only help attract top players to the club this summer.
Speaking in this morning’s press conference, the NUFC boss also reacted to last night’s confirmation that we are mathematically safe from relegation – becoming the first side in Premier League history to survive after going 14 games without a win at the start of the season.
Here’s what he had to say on all of the above, starting with his comments on the training ground upgrades.
Howe on training ground development:
“It’s hugely important for us.
“Your day to day environment is so important and we’re trying to attract world-class players to the club.
“In doing so, you need to give them an environment that matches their status.”
“I think the grass and the playing facilities are excellent here, but the building itself definitely needs updating.
“Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly, and we can make those adjustments during the summer with a longer-term plan of moving training ground.
“However long that takes, I don’t know. Certainly, there are ambitious plans, but it’s what the club needs to sustain where the club wants to go in the future.”
Howe on securing safety and making history:
“It’s an amazing feeling to be mathematically safe.
“It’s great to finally have achieved the objective we set out to do and full credit to the players who, from minute one, have given us everything.”
“Everyone associated with the club has played their part in what has been a remarkable turnaround in form, which we needed.
“To have two games spare to do it in is not something we thought we’d be able to do but it’s great to be in this position.”