Eddie Howe was understandably a very satisfied man after watching his players take Newcastle apart on Saturday.

Now 11 points clear of both Newcastle United and relegation, Bournemouth look assured of survival at the very least.

Despite the clueless opposition, Eddie Howe claimed afterwards that Steve McClaren is an ‘outstanding’ coach and manager, something which Newcastle supporters have seen zero evidence of.

It is obviously easy for managers to give praise to the opposition after outclassing and humiliating them and the Bournemouth boss made some other comments that have no foundation.

Eddie Howe saying that you just have to look at who McClaren has managed before, to have confidence that Newcastle will turn the corner. Unfortunately, Howe missed out the bit that should have read ‘and has been sacked from’, with McClaren’s two most recent failures (in England) in the Championship at Forest and Derby.

Eddie Howe claims that Steve McClaren knows what he is doing and this is one we can all agree on…

The Newcastle Head Coach clearly knowing that he must cling on for dear life no matter how bad results get, otherwise he can kiss goodbye to his ill-deserved pay-off if he does the decent thing and walks away.

Eddie Howe:

“Steve (McClaren) is an outstanding coach, outstanding manager.

“I think he will, if given time, lead the club to better times. I think he is a gentleman, I think he knows what he is doing.

“You look at the clubs that he has managed and I am sure better times are ahead.

“We don’t want to let up until we know we are safe, and even if we are able to hit that mark, then we want even more.

“I was very pleased with the players and I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves today. The only disappointment is that the game wasn’t over earlier, a big win for us and I thought it was thoroughly deserved –  a bit nervy at the end but it was great to get the third goal to seal it.

“It was tighter perhaps than it should have been but I was very pleased with a great performance…great to see us score three away from home.

“I was aware of (problems at Newcastle) and I wanted to dominate the ball and thankfully we got on top.

“It’s a good position to be in and we want to just finish the job – it would mean everything for us (to stay in Premier League) a lot of pressure but so far we are coping quite well.”