Matt Ritchie has sung the praises of Eddie Howe ahead of his official arrival as the new manager of Newcastle United.
The 32-year-old has become the first NUFC player to speak out about the move, with him knowing Howe well following their time together at Bournemouth.
He believes Howe will get the best out of a ‘hungry’ group of players, revealing how much he enjoyed working under him and praising the ‘miracle’ he achieved on the South Coast as he took the Cherries from EFL strugglers to 9th in the Premier League.
Here’s what he’s told BBC Sport when asked about Howe’s imminent arrival:
“I am not sure if it confirmed yet or what is happening but for me my time with him was fantastic, I loved every minute.
“We have a young hungry group here and I am sure he can bring out the best in them if he is appointed.
“What he did at Bournemouth was nothing short of a miracle.
“I have all the praise in the world for him.”
Ritchie was signed by Howe as a winger and played a key part in their promotion to the Premier League, bagging 15 goals and 17 assists in the 2014/15 season that saw them win the Championship.
With him now six years older and more of a wing-back than a winger, it’ll be interesting to see how he’s used by his former manager.