Newcastle’s new owners have carried out a comprehensive review of football operations and realize that investment is needed in all areas of the club having already spent £ 38million to date.
Amanda Staveley, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Jamie Reuben and Yasir Al-Rumayyan plan to invest heavily in the club’s infrastructure, including the training ground and the academy, as part of their long-term vision of making Newcastle a Power plant.
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New installations are certainly needed; Jonjo Shelvey, for his part, said the club’s dated training ground is “below par when it comes to Premier League standard”.
Howe is due to work at Benton this week and Newcastle head coach has been asked if state-of-the-art facilities are a prerequisite for success.
“I have an interesting point of view on this,” he told reporters. “I come from a club [Bournemouth] where at the start of our journey we had very limited resources in terms of facilities and we had huge success in the field so the two things are not correlated. It is the work you do on the ground that is important.
“Now that doesn’t mean you don’t want the best infrastructure, the best possible facilities, the best things for your players. Yes of course.
“Anything we need to improve, anything we need to give to the players, I’ll work hard to try and get it for them.
“The most important thing is actually the work. All you need is grass, soccer balls, ideal cones and bibs. Then you just have to go ahead, work, and implement whatever you want to do.
“But I know football at the highest level, you have to treat the players as they expect and you don’t have to give them any excuses, so when they play on a Saturday there is a reason why they underperformed . ”