Eddie Howe has been looking forward to Saturday’s game at St James Park.
The Bournemouth Manager taking his pre-Newcastle press conference on Friday morning.
Still only 40, ironically he is the longest serving manager at any of the 20 Premier League clubs.
Appointed back in October 2012, 17 days before Sean Dyche got the Burnley job.
Both clubs benefiting by finding the right man and sticking with him.
Eddie Howe thinks it will be a tougher game for Bournemouth due to the belated confidence Rafa’s players picked up with their first win of the season, having to wait three months for it.
As for the Cherries, Howe thinks that a pivotal reason for their current sixth place was winning the first two games of the season, giving them the confidence.
Accidentally, Eddie Howe also has pointed out a major factor in Newcastle’s shocking start to the season.
The Bournemouth boss thinks their early season form and victories was very much down to a ‘really good pre-season’ for the club.
This is the exact opposite of the farce Rafa Benitez was forced to put up with.
Not only did Mike Ashley insist on a £20m+ profit on transfer deals, he also prevented Rafa making the early signings he wanted to, so they could get settled in and help hit the ground running.
The pre-season friendlies saw signing get these amounts of minutes in the pre-season friendly programme: Rondon (0), Fernandez (75), Muto (0), Kenedy (67), Schar (102), Ki (130), even Dubravka only got 142 minutes.
Obviously the fact that Eddie Howe has been backed to make £20m+ signings, rather than just selling them, doesn’t do any harm either…
“The mentality going to Newcastle this year has to be the same as last.
“The circumstances of the game are different but the mentality has to be the same.
“I think both results against Newcastle last year, in different ways, helped us and we learned a lot from them.
“It’s difficult to win in the Premier League. Every game is so different,
“Newcastle will be on a high going into this one, so it’ll be tough.
“I think a really good pre-season has helped us this year.
“The first couple of wins also gave us confidence and that was pivotal.
“Joshua (King) has been training this week.
“We’ll make a late decision on him.
“At the moment, we’re not sure if he’ll play or not, so we’ll have to see.
“I’m delighted for Callum Wilson and his family (after the striker’s England call-up).
“It’s fully deserved in my opinion and I’m delighted he’s been paid back for the mental strength he’s shown.
“He faced those moments on the sidelines with courage. Never a day did I see him down, which is sometimes very difficult.
“I think Callum is a very positive and driven person. He’s really well liked by his team-mates, so I’m sure they’re delighted for him.”