The latest link suggesting Eddie Howe may be in line for the St. James’ Park hot-seat is intriguing.
While Howe is a manager with proven Premier League experience, is his stylish brand of passing football what the Magpies need right now?
Howe has earned plaudits for his work with Bournemouth as his side managed 5 consecutive seasons in the top division of English football. When taking over in 2008 The Cherries found themselves in the depths of league two and faced dropping out of the Football League after a 17-point deduction.
His achievements were acknowledged as he was named Football League Manager Of The Decade back in 2014. He clearly has a track record of success and is no stranger to adversity.
However, in the next 7 games Newcastle need to rapidly pick up points against teams including Crystal Palace, Brighton, Brentford, Norwich and Burnley. The outcomes of these matches are far more important than adopting an exciting brand of football if Newcastle are to remain a Premier League side next season.
The Mags can’t afford to tread water any longer.
Of course there’s a possibility Howe could hit the ground running on Tyneside as he has already worked closely with three members of the current squad: top goalscorer Callum Wilson, hard-working Matt Ritchie and yet to perform Ryan Fraser – never mind the “new manager bounce” he could bring.
In his time at Bournemouth, Howe did manage to get the best out of all three players.
Callum Wilson and Eddie How at their time at Bournemouth (credit Callum Wilson Instagram)
Wilson received an England call-up in 2018 and managed 61goals from 171 appearances in his 7 year stint at the Cherries. He built up an efficient partnership with Fraser who in the 2018-19 Premier League season produced an impressive 14 assists and 7 goals. In the 2014/15 Championship season, Ritchie netted 15 times and featured in the PFA Team Of The Year.
But the fact remains, the current Newcastle squad sits second-bottom in the league, still winless and in desperate need of finding a winning formula before thoughts turn to an influx of new talent in January.
For the moment, Howe is just another name in the Newcastle managerial sweepstake and there has been no formal approach made.
At the time of writing Steve Bruce remains in post and fans travelling to Crystal Palace on Saturday for the Premier League clash still don’t know who will be in the dugout come 3pm.
Toon fans continue to watch and wait.
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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