Eddie Howe may be the Saudi consortium’s ‘plan B’ after they tried and failed to land Unai Emery, however it seems the former Bournemouth boss has left our new owners with an impressive first impression.
The Telegraph have confirmed that Amanda Staveley and Co have turned their attentions to the 43-year-old after missing out on Emery, also revealing details of his interview and his stance on the job as things stand.
It’s said he presented a ‘detailed plan’ which covered his tactics, transfer plans and coaching methods, with the new owners impressed by his attention to detail and by the fact his ideas fitted in with their own for the first team squad.
The piece also believes Howe is STILL keen on the job – despite knowing Emery was the preferred choice – and has re-entered talks with the club, who have reminded the 43-year-old just how much he impressed them in his initial pitch.
Luke Edwards actually reports that some on the NUFC board actually preferred him to Emery – claiming the Spaniard was favoured ‘marginally’ in a vote that made him our number one target.
As for timings, The Telegraph say it’s ‘unlikely’ he’ll be in charge in time to face Brighton this weekend, but expect this to be a smooth appointment after a ‘painful lesson’ was learned during the messy and potentially costly Unai Emery saga.
Howe has been out of the game for over 15 months and suffered relegation with Bournemouth in his last spell in football, however he should be remember by the fact he took the Cherries from League Two strugglers to the top 10 of the Premier League – where he kept them up for five seasons.
Would you be happy if Howe rook over on Tyneside?