Newcastle tipped to copy Man City and Liverpool after 'awful' Staveley reveal - pundit
Noel Whelan has insisted Newcastle will have to redevelop their dilapidated Darsley Park training base quickly to attract the “best international players”.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, branded the current facilities “not up to Premier League standard”.
As quoted by the Guardian on Friday, recently-appointed Newcastle director Amanda Staveley called the training ground “really awful”.
A Saudi-backed consortium fronted by Staveley completed a £305million takeover of the Tyneside club on Thursday.
Also quoted by the newspaper, the businesswoman revealed Newcastle were “in the market” for world-class stars but maintained the need to implement “the right infrastructure”.
Whelan insisted top-class footballers will want an “all-singing, all-dancing” facility, citing the developments that Liverpool and Manchester City have made in recent years.
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“I don’t think it will stop them attracting players,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“They will be showing their targets any plans for new facilities.
“The quicker they can get a training facility built up to standard, the better.
“I know it takes a lot of time but they will have to explore whether they can build it on the site or they will have to find a new site.
“This has been talked about for a number of years now, their facilities are not up to Premier League standard.
“If you’re going to start attracting the best international players, they are going to want to walk into a training facility that is all signing, all dancing and has everything required.
“They will want to see something like the Manchester City and Liverpool training grounds – the blueprint is there and they need to copy it.”