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Williamson urges incoming owners to improve Newcastle infrastructure

Former Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson says the club's incoming owners must invest in infrastructure.

The Gateshead manager believes long-serving staff should be rewarded for their efforts, and foundations should be put in place with the academy and training ground to help achieve long-term success.

Williamson told ChronicleLive: “There's going to be a list as long as your arm of things to do to get the club to where everyone wants it to be.

"For me, it's investing in the infrastructure, the academy, getting a new training ground, and really rewarding people who have been working relentlessly behind the scenes without much credit.

"I've worked with a lot of fantastic people who have everyday given their heart and soul for not much reward financially or in the press. For me, I would definitely want to take care of that side of things and build from there.

"The worst thing you can do is go out and sign all these superstars just to get the fans on your side, and not put the foundations in place first.

"I would love to go to St James' Park and watch some of these superstars being linked. But for me, you need to put the foundations in and build it from there so it's a sustainable and successful club."

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