Pictures of how Newcastle’s new training complex could look angers Man City fans

A fan-made picture imagining a design of Newcastle’s training complex has enraged Manchester City supporters.

The blueprint of a new St James’ Park did the rounds online and was eventually picked up by a City fan accounts. One shared the image, stating: “Newcastle's new training ground concept” with a raised eyebrow emoji.

The Citizens' supporters took exception to the concept, however, saying that the Magpies, who were last year bought by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), were trying to copy their style, with design seemingly ripping off the side’s £200million Etihad Campus.

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One fan wrote: “Massive Manchester City is the blueprint. No one telling me otherwise.”

Another said: “Isn't this verbatim how the Etihad training ground is?” A third stated: “So they are building a completely new stadium along with a Eithad Campus ripoff? Good luck to them.” While a last one spat: “Not a shred of originality in that picture they’ve deada*** copied our entire training complex.”

City's Etihad Campus is considered one of the best training facilities in the world. Based on AC Milan's Milanello complex, work began to flesh out the entirety of the area, with an academy stadium, club shop, stage, training facilities, and much more put in over time. The Etihad Stadium itself was initially used for the 2002 Commonwealth Games before City Football Group redeveloped and expanded it into a 53,400-seater stadium.

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Indeed, City were given an injection of cash in 2008 by their new Middle-East based owners and some feel at though Newcastle's new regime would be doing very much the same in terms of investing in a brand new stadium complex. Even still, Magpie fans have pondered whether they would eventually move home to a new ground now that the Mike Ashley days are behind them, but a report in TheAthletic suggested that the side, at this point at least, have no plans to build a new super stadium.

Speaking in the first post-takeover interview, co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi said: "We will definitely look at expanding it. We're working with the city and council to see what we can do.

"There are a lot of things that need to happen first, but that’s the way forward. If we can get it to 60 or 65,000 thousand, amazing, and we will look at every possibility. But are we going to build a new stadium? No. It would be like tearing your soul out."


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