When former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was appointed to the hot seat at Newcastle United on the 9th of November 2021, he joined a club languishing in 19th in the league and winless all season.
It had been over a year since Howe last managed a match, a 3-1 win away at Goodison Park with an already-relegated Bournemouth. There were doubts surrounding the Englishman’s appointment.
Fast-forward just over 3 months and Newcastle now sit 17th in the league after a busy January transfer window. The improvement in the team has been clear to see for anyone who’s watched the before and after this season, but improved performances don’t always lead to improved results.
In Howe’s case, they’ve led to improved results, leaving us 5th in the latest Premier League form table!
Across the last five matchdays, only title challengers Man City and Liverpool, and Bruno Lage’s Wolves have picked up more points than Newcastle, with three wins and a draw from the last four games.
Compare this to the other clubs at the bottom of the league and, during that time, Newcastle have picked up 3 more points than Norwich, 7 more than Everton, 8 more than Burnley and 9 more than Watford, all of whom have played at least one game more during that period.
If Newcastle can keep up their current form, talk of relegation will be a distant memory.