Rafa Benitez clears out Under-21 dressing room at Newcastle's training ground '“ and sends players to Academy

Rafa Benitez has banished Newcastle United's development squad to the club's Academy '“ so he can better focus on the senior squad.

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Peter Beardsley's Under-21 players were based at the first-team's training complex.

But Benitez, the relegation-threatened club's new manager, felt the club's Benton HQ was too crowded.

And the Under-21s have been moved to the adjoining Academy complex at Little Benton by Benitez, whose side are 19th in the Premier League table and odds-on to be relegated.

Beardsley's players had to move out of their dressing room to the another changing room at the Academy last week.

Meanwhile, Beardsley's side take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium tomorrow evening (7pm kick-off).