Expert issues bold Newcastle United transfer claim after 'shocking' confession
Newcastle United will have a far better chance of luring top players once the redevelopment of Darsley Park is complete.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Newcastle consistently had the lowest infrastructure spend of any top-flight team during Mike Ashley’s premiership, but the new PIF regime have promised to reverse this trend.
As relayed by Chronicle Live last Friday (6 May), plans have been submitted for a major revamp of the training centre.
The blueprints admit that rehab and recovery facilities have fallen particularly far behind the industry standard, with a “quantum leap” forward in this area promised.
Newcastle stars have previously been spotted using wheelie bins and paddling pools for improvised cryotherapy sessions.
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And Dinnery claims that the hierarchy has recognised how these “shocking” scenes are an awful advert for the club.
“There are two facets to this,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Away from injury rates, you need to upgrade the facilities to take recruitment to the next level.
“The time you spend at the stadium is a very small fraction of how you spend your time. It’s what happens on a day-to-day basis that will really impact your well-being and state of mind.
“These things all help on the training ground. Psychologically, it can give your players a massive lift.
“If Newcastle want to be among the elite, they need to provide an elite level of rehab and recovery facilities that match the standard of players they want to bring in.
“We have seen players dunked in wheelie bins full of ice as part of their post-match recovery at Newcastle. It’s shocking, and they recognise that. Some of these players are on six-figure per week salaries.
“Sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got, and a cryotherapy chamber isn’t 100 per cent essential. But it’s about creating a level of elitism.”
Darsley Park last had a makeover in 2002.
The owners’ long-term plan is to move to a new facility entirely.