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Newcastle United: Chris Waugh insists more training ground work will take place during World Cup

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Journalist Chris Waugh has claimed that PIF will instruct further work to be done on Newcastle United’s training ground when the World Cup kicks off.

During pre-season, PIF kicked off work on Newcastle’s current training ground at Benton, which has seen improvements made both inside and out to help benefit the players and Eddie Howe.

However, they aren’t looking to stop there, with talk of a brand new training base being built over the coming years, as it would help the Magpies align themselves with some of the bigger clubs in England as well as on the continent.

Despite these plans for a brand new training ground, PIF are still looking to further improve the current one when club football stops this winter.

Speaking on Pod on the Tyne, Waugh said: “They are investing in a training ground, which in a few years’ time they’re going to basically raze to the ground because they want a new one, but they know that in the meantime, they need a better training ground.

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“They’ve already started that – they did the work over the summer, they’re going to do more work during the World Cup.”

TIF Thoughts on Newcastle’s training ground…

Much had been made of Newcastle’s training ground during Mike Ashley’s tenure at the club, with an infamous photo showing Premier League players having to use wheelie bins as a form of ice baths, which just highlighted how much penny-pinching was constantly going on under the Sports Direct tycoon.

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Now though, under PIF, they have owners who are proactive and looking to do all they can to ensure Newcastle benefit in the immediate future, as well as the longer term, which is why looking for a new training base is very important – while improving the current one is equally as significant.

Reporter George Caulkin revealed on the same episode of Pod on the Tyne (38:50) that PIF sanctioned £1m to be spent on a hydrotherapy pool at the club’s training ground – something that would’ve been unheard of under Ashley, so this is another sign of the owners making their mark.

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