Newcastle United are looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Premier League club Arsenal, as well as the innovations made across the Atlantic, and bring in state-of-the-art locker rooms to the club’s training centre in Benton.
Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have led the way in the Premier League in many aspects and helped bring up the standard of English football through innovation and professionalism.
Now, Newcastle are looking to take a leaf out of the Gunners’ book and install oval-shaped locker rooms at the Benton base that they use for training.
These are common place in the American sports of NFL, NHL and NBA, as well as in the MLS, which is where Newcastle manager Alan Pardew got the inspiration for the idea.
During Newcastle United’s pre-season tour of America in 2011, the Magpies visited Kansas City and Pardew was impressed by what he saw in the locker room, which Kansas officials describe as “Arsenal on steroids”.
Pardew believes that an oval-shaped room has a “friendlier nature” to it and that his team talks would garner more attention from players, who themselves have their own personalised spot.
It may not sound like much, but every little thing can make a difference, as shown in the world of professional cycling where David Brailsford’s marginal gains theory has been extremely successful.
Knowing Newcastle, they’ll take what Arsenal have done and do it that little bit better as well, much like the Magpies have done in recent years in their player recruitment from France!
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