Eddie Howe has made Premier League history – Absolutely outstanding
Premier League history has now been made
Eddie Howe – Premier League manager of the year?
Well, he won’t pick up that award, but I think he should.
It is easy for some to forget but not me.
Just think back to what an absolutely wreck Eddie Howe inherited thanks to the joint efforts of Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce.
Put it this way, if that pair were still at Newcastle United we would 100% be already a Championship team, probably have reached the second tier around the same time Norwich did, if not before.
When heading into December 2021, Eddie Howe still trying to get to the bottom of this Newcastle United squad, so many weaknesses and inheriting a team / squad that weren’t even fit enough for the job in hand, due to Brucey’s ‘relaxed’ training regime.
This is how the Premier League table looked on 1 December 2021 (table via Transfermarkt):
It wasn’t a case of whether Newcastle United were going down, it was simply a case of when that point would be tipped this season?
No team has ever survived after failing to win any of their first 14 Premier League games.
There was bravado but I think as Newcastle fans we had all accepted, deep down, that Mike Ashley had doomed us to a third relegation in the 13 Premier League seasons we had kicked off with him in charge.
Now 22 Premier League matches later, this is how the table looks on Thursday (12 May 2022) morning:
It is only now just six months since Eddie Howe was appointed and it is truly staggering what he has done with this group of players.
The last 22 matches show Won 11 Drawn 3 Lost 8 with 36 points gained at an average of 1.64 points per game.
Over the course of 38 games that works out at 62 points, top seven form, sometimes enough to make top five / top six.
Eddie Howe has been a miracle worker and has now become the first Premier League boss to lead his club to safety after they had failed to win any of their first 14 games. Last night’s failure of Leeds (they lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea) to win, mathematically ensured safety for Newcastle United and a place for Eddie Howe in the record books.
Our enemies will say Newcastle United bought survival, which is simply laughable, the spending in January was only money that should have been spent in the previous transfer windows that Mike Ashley refused to do so.
Anyway, everybody mocked Eddie Howe for signing Chris Wood, nobody was saying that loan deal Matt Targett and £13m for Dan Burn were great deals. Kieran Trippier only played three full PL matches before injury, half the January money was spent on the longer-term signing of Bruno Guimaraes and Eddie Howe only thought he was ready for his first home start less than five weeks ago (1-0 v Wolves).
Instead, it is the remarkable job that Eddie Howe has done on the players who were already here when he took over, players who the vast majority of the journalists and pundits said were so poor, that it was impossible for Steve Bruce to do any better with them. Just remember that.
Yet Eddie Howe has made them all fitter, better, focused, committed, you name it.
Fraser, Schar, Willock, Dubravka, Shelvey, even Krafth…all of them playing at a completely different level than under Steve Bruce. Plus of course the most remarkable of all, Joelinton. A player who Bruce simply didn’t have a clue what to do with.
Eddie Howe saved Bournemouth from non-league, got promotion from League Two, won promotion from League One, got promotion from the Championship, had minnows Bournemouth (10k capacity stadium) in the Premier League for five seasons, now he has saved Newcastle United from what looked certain relegation from the Premier League.
Best thing of all, Eddie Howe is still only 44 (FORTY FOUR) he has achieved all of the above and yet his best years are still ahead of him.
He admits he is still learning and indeed between jobs, he went off to various clubs home and abroad, expanding his knowledge and experience from others.
Our enemies laughed and said Eddie Howe didn’t have a clue about the defensive side, totally naive they said. These last five months have seen Newcastle United play 18 Premier League matches and leaving aside the two defeats at Tottenham and Man City, the other 16 PL games have seen only ten goals conceded, with six clean sheets and only a single goal conceded in each of the other ten.
Eddie Howe may not win that Premier League manager of the season award that he deserves but what he has won is the admiration and respect of the Newcastle United fanbase, I think I know which of these Howe himself will value more.
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