Newcastle fans will likely be very excited as images emerged on Monday showing bulldozers starting work at their training ground, with a new base set to be built on the same site, which has been the club’s home for many years now.
While a new training ground is in the long-term plans for PIF, improving the current one is now underway with hopes of it being done in time for the players returning for pre-season later this summer, and would likely help convince potential signings to join the club if they are shown round a more modern-day training ground.
Gregory believes that in the long term, however, Newcastle will move away from their Darsley Park base.
He said: “He [Eddie Howe] wants to be able to improve players and get that extra 1%, 2% out of players, which can be done via some of the stuff that’s going on at the training ground, whether it’s rehab facilities or hydro pools or whatever it might be. You need to have the best facilities to be able to attract the best players.
Have you been impressed by PIF so far?
“But also, to improve the players that you’ve got, so really exciting, not before time. It’ll be great to see it improve. I don’t think Newcastle will be there long-term under the Saudi regime at the current training ground.
“I do think they’ll look for somewhere new and fresh and different and somewhere they can expand to make it even better, but in the short-term, great to see that the facilities have been improved.”
TIF Thoughts on Newcastle’s training groundwork…
It wasn’t that long ago Newcastle players were having to take ice baths in wheelie bins outside of the training ground, which is a symbol of how little care and attention Mike Ashley had towards the football club.
Therefore, seeing their new owners, who have been at the club for less than 12 months, already getting to work on improving the training ground – which in turn, will likely help convince new players to come if they can see obvious changes going on away from the pitch – will be extremely refreshing for Newcastle and their supporters.