Training ground and St James’s Park change underway as Newcastle make the most of summer break
This summer promises to be monumental for Newcastle United – both on and off the pitch. Significant changes will be made in and around the club, many of which have been rarely seen during Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign over Tyneside.
The new owner has been on a mission to make the football club a more respectable team since arriving last October, with easy wins to rally fans from the first minute.
The changes will continue on a large scale ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, with Newcastle keen to capitalize on the off-season by making much-needed improvements to facilities and infrastructure.
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Training ground plans are well documented. The club continue to await the green light from the board to move forward with their expansion plans, but with the project described as ‘modest’ there should be no problems on that front.
Chronicle Live understands that changes are already underway at Darsley Park facilities. Work has already begun on new state-of-the-art locations, with some staff working in short-term cabins. Much has been made of the bat survey that needs to be carried out on site – but this issue is considered standard practice in renovations of this nature.
Speaking previously, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe stressed how much he wanted to see a change on the training ground. This is extremely important,” he said. “Your daily environment is so important.”
Fans who have visited St. James’ Park in recent weeks will have seen workers in and around the stadium. The statue of Alan Shearer was moved to the stadium grounds and the Sir Bobby Robson monument received a fresh coat of paint a few yards away.
Further work will be carried out inside the 52,000 seat venue in the coming weeks, with Chronicle Live reporting that “more noticeable” changes will be seen by fans when they return later in the year.
More than just a lick of paint, the concourses will be upgraded to create a better match experience for fans. Following the renaming of ‘Shearer’s Bar’, the adjoining ‘Terrace Bar’ is also slated for a revamp over the summer.
When it comes to on-pitch matters, the club have recently been dealt a major blow with the cancellation of their US tour. The Magpies were due to fly to America in July for games in Cincinnati and Columbus, but fixtures against Wolves, Valencia and Villarreal have now been put on hold.
The staff are working hard behind the scenes to revamp pre-season plans, with Howe keen to enjoy a stress-free summer with his squad. Atalanta and Athletic Bilbao’s visits to St. James’ Park later this summer are a signal of intent when it comes to the level Howe wants to reach.