Eddie Howe appointed as Newcastle United’s manager. But is he the right man for the job?

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Howe, The New Boss of Newcastle 

Former Bournemouth and Burnley boss, 43, was an early favourite to replace Steve Bruce when the former Newcastle boss was sacked last month.

However, the market has changed over the past two weeks with a number of different names all taking over the mantle of “favourite” including current Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca and Villareal manager Unai Emery – who confirmed the club’s interest in appointing him but decided to stay with the La Liga side.

In Newcastle United’s statement confirming the news, Howe said: “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.

“I would like to thank the club’s owners for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together”, Howe said.

Who is Eddie Howe?

Howe was born in Amersham, England in 1977 and started his professional football career in 1994 with AFC Bournemouth.

He made his first class debut in 1995 and after establishing himself as a vital defender for Bournemouth, he was selected for England’s Under-21 squad in the Toulon Tournament in 1998.

Howe signed for Portsmouth in 2002 and was the then manager Harry Redknapp’s first signing. The defender sustained a knee injury shortly after signing and was out for the rest of the season.

In 2004, Portsmouth loaned Howe back to Bournemouth and after a very successful return, supporters created an “Eddieshare” to fund a transfer fee to get Howe back to his home team. £21,000 was raised within days of the start up which funded the required transfer fee.

Howe left Bournemouth as a player but remained as a coach. He lost his job in 2008 after the then-manager Kevin Bond was sacked.

In January 2009, Howe came back to coach the youth team and was hired as the permanent manager of the club later that month. The former defender brought Bournemouth out of the relegation zone despite a 17-point deficit.

Howe led Bournemouth to League One in 2010 after two years in League two before he announced he was moving to Burnley in 2011.

The former player lasted only 18 months with Burnley before returning to the south coast and secured a promotion to the Championship after Bournemouth finished second in the league.

The Numbers Related to Eddie Howe 

Teams Managed:

1) Bournemouth

Appointed: 31 December 2008; left: 16 January 2011

Days in charge: 745

2) Burnley

Appointed: 16 January 2011: sacked: 12 October 2012

Days in charge: 635

3) Bournemouth

Appointed: 12 October 2012; left: 1 August 2020

Days in charge: 2848

Managerial Record:

1) Bournemouth

Games: 102

W51 D17 L34

PPG: 1.67

Win percentage: 50%

2) Burnley

Games: 86

W35 D17 L34

PPG: 1.42

Win percentage: 39.1%

3) Bournemouth

Games: 355

W144 D75 L136

PPG: 1.43

Win percentage: 40.2%



EFL Championship: 2014-15

EFL League One runner-up: 2012-13

EFL League Two runner-up: 2009-10

Individual Awards:

Football League Manager of the Decade: 2005-2015

LMA Manager of the Year: 2015

LMA Championship Manager of the Year: 2014-15

Premier League Manager of the Month: March 2017, January 2018, October 2018

Football League Championship Manager of the Month: October 2014, March 2015

Football League One Manager of the Month: November 2012, April 2013

Five Biggest Victories:

Championship, Oct 25, 2014: Birmingham 0-8 Bournemouth

Championship, Dec 20, 2014: Blackpool 1-6 Bournemouth

Premier League, Oct 15, 2016: Bournemouth 6-1 Hull

Championship, Mar 1, 2014: Bournemouth 5-0 Doncaster

Premier League, Apr 13, 2019: Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth

Five Biggest Defeats:

Championship, Aug 10, 2013: Watford 6-1 Bournemouth

Premier League, Dec 26, 2018: Tottenham 5-0 Bournemouth

League Two, Dec 12, 2009: Morecambe 5-0 Bournemouth

Premier League, Oct 17, 2015: Manchester City 5-1 Bournemouth

Championship, Aug 24, 2013: Huddersfield 5-1 Bournemouth

But is Eddie Howe a right fit for the Newcastle job?

What are the expectations?

First, Howe has to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Newcastle sit in the bottom three and are five points from safety after 11 games of the season and Howe’s first five games are against Brentford, Arsenal, Norwich, Burnley and Leicester.

Anything less than three wins from those five would spell big trouble, as they then face four very tough fixtures (Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Everton) around the festive season.

How will Newcastle look?

This appointment will signify a whole new style of play for Bournemouth and whether or not their defensive players can handle the possession-based style is a huge question mark.

Howe’s system is based on central defenders stepping out of the back line and into midfield, while central midfield players must be comfortable on the ball and able to switch the play to speedy attackers.

Newcastle has the attacking players that Howe needs (Wilson, Almiron and Saint-Maximin will suit his style of play), but they need to bring in plenty of new midfielders and defenders to carry out his style of play with any success.

There is a lot of pressure on Eddie Howe as he worked wonders at Bournemouth but this is a big step up.Will Eddie Howe be able to prove himself at Newcastle? Let us know in the comments below.

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