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Eddie Howe statement of intent moving forward – Dreamt of getting Newcastle United job and loving it

1 month ago
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Eddie Howe is loving it.

Newcastle United head coach for six months now and able to reflect on a job well done.

Or to put it properly, a job spectacularly well done.

Eddie Howe says that he always dreamt of getting the Newcastle United job and would even have grabbed it with both hands if Mike Ashley had offered it to him.

However, thankfully the former Bournemouth boss didn’t fall into the clutches of the fat controller and ended up completely undermined and spat out the other end, as was the case with the likes of Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez.

Instead, Eddie Howe has been appointed at a time when Newcastle United fans have been given a potentially great opportunity of seeing their club progress rapidly in the seasons to come.

Indeed, if NUFC continue to progress at the rate of knots that they have managed under Eddie Howe in these past six months and 26 Premier League matches, who knows where we could end up…in the very near future.

Incredible to now comprehend that it was only October 2021 when we were still labouring under the deadweights of Ashley and Bruce, sinking faster than a very big stone chucked in the river Tyne.

When Eddie Howe arrived in November 2021 it was an absolute shambles to sort out, the new NUFC owners had made a start but this was a real firefighting job, at least initially, from the very start for both Howe and the new owners, with relegation looking pretty much a certainty to most outsiders and indeed many Newcastle fans.

Only five points from eleven games and out of the League Cup, Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce had combined to drag Newcastle United down to the very depths, safety looked near impossible.

However, Eddie Howe has done the impossible, the first in the Premier League to reach Premier League safety despite the team winning none of their first fourteen games. Plus he reached 40 points (the final 18th place in the Premier League will now be 38 points or lower this season) and safety with five games still to play.

Newcastle United in the Premier League this season before Eddie Howe

Played 11 Won 0 Drawn 5 Lost 6 (averaging 0.45 points per game)

With Eddie Howe…

Played 26 Won 12 Drawn 5 Lost 9 (averaging 1.58 points per game)

Eddie Howe’s points average over his 26 games would equate to 60 points over a full 38 game season.

However, if you then accept the new head coach needed time to get his feet under the table and get the players sorted, just small things like fitness and intelligent tactics you know…

Then if you take it over these last 17 Eddie Howe matches, Newcastle United have picked up 34 points at an average of 2.00 points per match, which equates to 76 points if continued over a full 38 game season.

Nobody is getting carried away BUT 76 points would have guaranteed you third place this season and in 2020/21 it would have given you second place.

It is hope not expectation that Newcastle United fans now have…although having watched that absolute demolition of Arsenal on Monday night, I have to admit that I can’t help but feel that a little bit of expectation is now going to start to build.

What can’t be denied for all of us as Newcastle United fans, is that anticipation is now well and truly out there, along with the rest of you I simply can’t wait for next season to come around.

That is massively down to Eddie Howe and I can’t thank him enough for the job he has done and what potentially is now set to follow…

Eddie Howe talking to journalists ahead of the final match of the season at Burnley, asked about the upcoming summer transfer window…

“I have always had the mindset that you have got to be creative….not moan or whinge at what you are given (as a transfer budget).

“A mindset of getting the best out of what you (already) have and find a way to be successful with it (before then thinking about what other players you can bring in).

“Due to Financial Fair Play there has to be realistic expectations on what we can spend.

“Our income at the moment isn’t as big as we want it to be in the future, so that impacts our ability to spend.

“For those people who think it’s a vast sum of money (that will be available to spend this summer), it’s wrong.

“That doesn’t mean that we can’t improve the squad but it will have to be bit by bit.

“It can’t be an overnight thing and this is due to the fact that we need to expand revenue streams.’

The best thing…

“The best thing about managing Newcastle United is the impact that it has on the people.

“When we get a positive result…seeing the impact on matchday and around the city.

“Every interaction I have had with people has been amazing.

“I wouldn’t say that this has surprised me because I already had a vision of what it was going to be like…and that has been upheld.

“I would have (still) wanted this job under the older owner (Mike Ashley) too.

“It has always been about the club for me, it (Newcastle United) has always been special, everyone is so passionate about the football club in this city.

“I love seeing the positive reaction football can bring but I’m very shy away from football, my personality is introverted.

“I don’t seek attention and I have always been that way.

“I do keep a low profile…I don’t need adulation in my life.

“The joy for me comes from coaching and trying to win football matches.”

Realistic target(s) for Newcastle United in the 2022/23 season:

“It is always difficult to set targets.

“I would love to do well in the cup competitions and we will take them seriously next season.

“Improvement is key…and I know that is not a line that you necessarily want to hear, you (as journalists) want to have a headline answer, but I can’t (won’t!) give you that.

“We took over a team (in November 2021) that was in a really difficult position.

“January (transfer window) was important and we have improved the squad.

“We need to improve the squad again – we can’t stand still.

“However, we are completing in a league that is so difficult and we have no divine right to finish above anybody.

“We have to earn that (right).”

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