Speaking to The Telegraph, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has revealed how he would’ve still taken the job at Newcastle United had Mike Ashley still been in charge.
He also explained how the best thing about his job is the impact it has on the people and the city, revealing how he’s had so many “amazing” interactions with fans.
Howe came into a club who were statistically the second-worst out of the entire football league in 2021 and the expectations were at an all-time low.
But with his hard work, passion and dedication that he developed as a young boy, he has turned not just the club around, but the whole city, and has given Newcastle fans hope – something long forgotten in this region.
While he discusses not being the most talented sportsman or student in his youth, it’s easy to see what he does excel in – his composure and motivation has quite clearly rubbed off onto the team in the last six months.
Players who had been written off under the previous manager such as Emil Krafth, Ryan Fraser and Joelinton have been given a new lease of life at the club, all thanks to the 44-year-old.
Moving forwards, the Englishman is excited to “try to improve myself” and he will be “fully invested in every step” – which is music to the ears of all Newcastle supporters and typical of the hard-working Howe.
Here’s a bit of what he had to say, followed by a link to the full interview:
“The best thing about managing Newcastle United is the impact it has on people.
“When we get a positive result, seeing the impact on matchday and around the city. Every interaction I’ve had with people has been amazing.
“I wouldn’t say it has surprised me, because coming here, I had a vision of what it was going to be like and that has been upheld.
“I would have wanted this job under the older owner [Mike Ashley] too.
“It has always been about the club for me, it has always been special.”