Newcastle notebook amid new training ground upgrade and £10m bonus landed after Ashworth exit

Newcastle United chiefs are confident that they emerged the victors during in the battle of the sporting directors in what has been an emotionally charged week on Tyneside.

And with co-owner Amanda Staveley and the rest of the Saudi-backed board delighted with the signing of Paul Mitchell from Monaco, the fact that Newcastle also picked up £10million in compensation for Dan Ashworth was icing on the cake at St James' Park.

The alternative would have been a niggly arbitration battle and for the ill-fated Ashworth experiment to drag on even longer than the painful six-month episode that has disrupted life down the corridors of power at St James' enough.

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Mitchell's work is now under way and the hopes is that Newcastle can flourish in the next few years in terms of recruitment. That should be aided by the fact that United have now moved scouts out of the portacabins where they have been operating for the last five years and into a refurbished building at the old HQ of the Northumberland FA.

As Chronicle Live reported on May 3, Newcastle had already started to set up a new media hub in the building next door to Benton ahead of the 2024/25 season. The offices will also be used to house Eddie Howe's scouts moving forward with slick wifi and top notch facilities now available to them after years of working in the portacabins.

It means Newcastle scouts will work in comfort as they look to find the best players around the world to take Newcastle forward.

Newcastle's TV alterations for August and September now available

The Magpies' long trip to the South Coast in August has been shifted to a Sunday with a 2pm kick off.

The fixture change immediately causes issues for travelling supporters with engineering works taking place over that weekend between London and Bournemouth, meaning more costs for the Toon Army and a two-night stay likely. United's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on September 15 has also been handed a 4.30pm kick off and moved to a Sunday.

After some crazy kick off times last season across the campaign for Toon fans, Newcastle United Supporters Club left a simple message on X and posted: "So it begins. Thanks Sky Sports."

The full list of TV games is as follows:


Sun 25 Bournemouth (a) 2pm (Sky Sports)

Sun 1 Spurs (h) KO (Sky Sports)
Sun 15 Wolves (a) 4.30pm (Sky Sports)
Sat 28 Manchester City (h) 12.30pm (TNT)

Fabian Schar's hands off warning on Eddie Howe

The Swiss centre-back could play a big part in England's downfall today in the quarter-finals of the Euros. A win for Switzerland could put Gareth Southgate out of a job, and put his own boss Eddie Howe in contention for the England post in the process.

But speaking ahead of the clash, Schar said last night: "I actually hope he will stay at Newcastle. "Because if you see the work he has done at Newcastle over the last few years, he has a lot of quality and knows how to handle a big club and a big team.

"For myself as well, he has done so well. I am really happy to have him as manager. Hopefully he stays at Newcastle, that is the only thing I can think of."