Following the huge takeover at Newcastle, it may have come as a surprise to some that the wealthy new owners appointed Eddie Howe as Magpies manager in November of this year, with plenty of other big-name candidates in the running. But even more surprising, is the way that Howe has incredibly turned things around at St James’ Park.
With Premier League safety looking more or less guaranteed as the club sit in ninth place and on course for a mid-table finish, Howe has to take credit for the work he has done in turning the side around.
Newcastle are about to become the first Premier League side in history to stay up despite failing to win any of their opening 14 games this season, with the club looking in a world of trouble at the foot of the table early on when Howe was appointed. The ex-Bournemouth boss has done an immense job though, shown with only Liverpool acquiring more points in 2022 than Newcastle.
Many will be quick to point out the January signings that have inevitably helped the North-East side out, but credit should be given to Howe and his backroom staff for identifying the players the club needed and not just throwing money at big-name stars. Players like Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Matt Targett, Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn have come in and fitted into the club’s togetherness and team spirit that has been instilled by Howe.