Kieran Maguire: Newcastle United could recruit next 'superstar' amid '£80m' claim
Newcastle United will likely plough £80million into their new training centre when the time comes to move away from Darsley Park.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the PIF regime’s plans to transform the Magpies’ infrastructure.
As relayed by Chronicle Live last Friday (6 May), blueprints have been submitted for a major revamp of the club’s training centre for the first time since 2002.
The plans also outline how the ultimate aim is to move to a new permanent facility altogether in the future.
Asked why they would not begin work on a new training centre immediately, Maguire claimed that Newcastle are looking for initial short-term gains.
The spreadsheet expert also claimed that Newcastle could recruit the next youth “superstar” once the construction project is complete.
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“This is simply a timing issue,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“If they were going to start from scratch, it is still going to take you a couple of years before the new facilities are up and running.
“If we look at Spurs and Leicester, they have spent an awful lot of money. You want to get it right rather than do a half-arsed job and do it quickly.
“There are some short-term gains to be made from upgrading Darsley Park. In parallel, you can be looking at the long-term future of the club.
“I think they would spend close to £80m. There is a big geographical area from which they can recruit players. You only have to get it right once to produce a superstar player.”
Newcastle consistently had the lowest infrastructure spend in the Premier League during the Mike Ashley regime.
They are currently 14th in the league standings.