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Eddie Howe Monday confirmation then Newcastle United players straight to work – Reports

3 weeks ago
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Saturday was the unofficial confirmation of Eddie Howe as the new Newcastle United manager.

Not only at the Amex Stadium watching the game, Howe did so very publicly, sitting alongside Amanda Staveley.

Despite a lame scare story pre-match that the Eddie Howe appointment was set to collapse and he wouldn’t be at the Brighton v Newcastle game, that was quickly followed by widespread reporting from the more reliable NUFC media that the former Bournemouth boss would very definitely be at the game.

Those same more reliable NUFC media also going on to report that the formal announcement of Eddie Howe as the new Newcastle United manager is set to happen today (Monday 8 November).

Sitting on the other side of Eddie Howe at the match was his former number two at Bournemouth, Jason Tindall.

Howe set to bring Tindall and his other (former) backroom staff to St James Park for this new challenge.

As for that challenge, Eddie Howe saw with his own eyes just how big it is, a woeful first half that improved to a small margin after the break, with then a late rally almost seeing Newcastle United properly punish Brighton for their failure to finish off NUFC when they should have done.

It was a familiar sight to Newcastle United fans, chaos in defence, a very negative team set up and selection, minimal attacking threat, the opposition allowed to dominate (66% possession) and Newcastle with very few efforts on goal (one).

Just as at Crystal Palace, Newcastle United somehow coming away with a point despite only one effort on target.

Against Chelsea not so lucky, when only one shot on target (if you could call Manquillo’s late effort that, at 3-0 down). Whilst Steve Bruce’s ‘sentimental’ final match saw only one effort on target yet again from a Newcastle player, though Bruce’s luck stayed with him to the very last, as United could and should have lost by five or six but an almost respectable final scoreline of 3-2 to Tottenham courtesy of Dier scoring a ridiculous own goal when under no pressure, to go with Gayle’s early strike.

With Eddie Howe set to be properly announced today, the work is swiftly set to start, as after two days off following defeat at Brighton, the Newcastle United squad will begin work under the new boss on Tuesday.

Graeme Jones confirming the work / recovery balance ahead of Brentford in 12 days time:

“The boys have got a couple of recovery days now, then they need to be ready to work because we need to take advantage of this international break.

“It is a period [when] we need to become better.

“We will have to wait and see who is in control of that…but as I have said, you have to be adaptable and ready for anything.”

Standards had dropped so low under Steve Bruce with an embarrassing amount of time allowed off for the players (and Steve Bruce…), that Newcastle fans are even buoyed by the thought of the players finally getting to spend a respectable number of days training ahead of matches.

The first international fortnight of the season came only two weeks after the 2021/22 campaign and after three defeats and a draw, Newcastle fans stunned to see Steve Bruce go off on holiday to Portugal instead of getting down to work on the training ground to try and correct the destination of travel. Preparation only starting for the game at Old Trafford during the second week of the international fortnight, despite all eleven who started against Man Utd not having been involved in internationals in September. A 4-1 hammering by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team followed.

This is how the Premier League table looks on Monday morning as Eddie Howe prepares to take the reins:

Premier League Table 8 November 2021

The shambles presided over by Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce was evidenced all too clearly by the players on the pitch on Saturday.

Darlow, Murphy, Krafth (Gayle 90+4), Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron (Joelinton 74), Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Nine of the thirteen players used are still here from the Rafa Benitez days despite some £160m spent on players by Ashley and Bruce these past 27 months, with actually seven of them still here from 2016/17 promotion team five seasons ago!

Graeme Jones yet again repeated on Saturday that bizarrely he had been assured of a job no matter who the new Newcastle manager proved to be:

“I have not spoken about any specific role. The owners assured me of my future.

“They know I’m not here to put cones out and I would like to think I’m prepared to get my hands dirty and have responsibility. We will have to see, nobody can speak about a specific role yet.”

The hard work starts here and we will see which Newcastle United players are up for the fight, alongside new boss Eddie Howe.

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