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What will new manager Eddie Howe bring to Newcastle?



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Following the long-awaited appointment of new manager Eddie Howe yesterday afternoon Newcastle fans will be eager to see what impact the 43-year-old Englishman can have as the club finally enters a new era.

But what will the new boss bring to Newcastle United?

In his time at Bournemouth, Howe took the Cherries from the bottom of the Football League to the top half of the Premier League – finishing an impressive 9th place in 2016/17. Suggesting a great deal of coaching prowess.

The south coast club had a five year stint in the top flight of English football and put together a number of good performances. Perhaps their best being the 3-0 away win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2018. 

During his journey to the Premier League, Howe formed a squad that had a strong bond and was united around the common goal of reaching the heights of the top division. 

Players were constantly reminded they were representing the fans and had to play for them. Something the new Magpie boss needs to tap into if he is to be a success on Tyneside. The bond between Newcastle fans and players has been damaged for far too long. 

Howe has worked closely with three players in the current Newcastle squad and will be hopeful he can have a positive impact on their performances, especially Ryan Fraser who is yet to perform in the black and white stripes.

Both Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie thrived under the management of Howe and will be looking to replicate their previous performances under him. They have been important players for the Mags this season and have often played well without much reward. 

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Ritchie has created the fifth most chances in the Premier League this season with 24 chances created and Wilson has netted four times, scoring 25% of Newcastle goals in the league.

Formation and getting the best out of the current squad

In his time in management Howe has experimented with a number of formations but is best known for his 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 set-up. He adopts a strong team environment where all players work together rather than focusing on individual talent.

His style allows players to play attacking football through a patient build-up from defence to attack and encourages full-backs to push higher taking their opponents into one-on-one battles. Defenders are tasked with dispossessing their opponents quickly and getting their team back on the front foot.  

The main aim of his tactics are to remain on top of the opposition for extended periods by having a high defensive line and pressing from the front. To Howe, attack is the best form of defence.

For the first 11 games of the season, the Mags have been set up to soak up opposition pressure and play on the counter-attack. However, their current position in the table tells you everything you need to know – it’s time for a change.

Howe’s first decision is likely to be getting rid of the defensive five at-the-back and moving to a more progressive formation to help get the best out of the likes of Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximum and Joe Willock. 

The team has only scored 12 goals this campaign.

The core of the team is likely to stay the same for the time being as United are unable to add more quality to the squad until January. Fernandez may return to centre-back as a better passer of the ball than Ciaran Clark. Regular starters Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almiron are likely to retain their places. 

There’s no doubt that improvements are needed in the New Year and Howe’s work in the transfer market is key for him to be successful at St. James’ Park. 

Adopting an attacking style

As previously mentioned, Howe is renowned for his aggressive, intense and attacking brand of football which Newcastle fans have been starved of for years. His teams set up to defend from the front with a focus on playing progressive and exciting football – a coach willing to take risks. 

Unlike previous Newcastle managers under Mike Ashley, Howe takes a front foot approach and likes to push his teams up the pitch to put pressure on their opponents – this will surely get Toon fans on the edge of their seats?

However, it won’t be plain sailing and fans will have to remain patient as Howe integrates his philosophy into the current squad. Newcastle currently sit in the relegation zone and are without a win this season. 

Former Bournemouth defender Simon Francis, who worked closely with Howe has commented on his new role at Newcastle:

“I think the fans want something to get behind a team that’s going to create chances, and I can almost guarantee that that will happen.

“He will bring a good feeling into the camp straight away because his training sessions are intensive, they’re enjoyable and they get you thinking.”

Tommy Elphick, who played alongside Francis at the Cherries adds:

“He (Howe) spends a lot of time getting to know his players and the great thing he did at Bournemouth was he really tapped into the history of the club.

“He made us proud to wear the shirt, and got us in a way that resonated with the fans.”

There’s no doubt that Howe’s philosophy will bring hope to the city but Newcastle are desperate for points and need their new man to hit the ground running to ensure the squad climbs to safety. 

A difficult Christmas period looms for the Magpies who need to get some points on the board in their next four games if they are to have a good chance of maintaining their Premier League status come May. 

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Is Howe’s attacking style of play just what Newcastle need? Or could it be a baptism of fire as the Mags continue to have a poor defensive record and leak goals at the back?

In the 2017/18 Premier League season the Englishman guided the Cherries to a respectable 12th position after finding themselves second bottom after 10 games. Howe will be looking to this replicate in his time at St. James’.

Can Howe adapt to life at Newcastle and be pragmatic to ensure Newcastle stay in the Premier League?

A more pragmatic approach may have to be taken until the new manager can make improvements to the squad and make the team harder to beat. 

Football is a game of attack vs defence and Howe needs to adopt a style that captures the hearts of the Geordie faithful whilst remaining measured and practical. 

During their five Premier League campaigns, Bournemouth were in the bottom three for the majority of seasons for goals conceded but sat seventh-highest scorers on more than on occasion. 

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Questions will be asked of Howe’s “gung-ho” style but can his attacking tactics turn goal-shy Newcastle into a free scoring team who pick up enough points to achieve Premier League survival. 

When asked about the Howe’s remit as Newcastle boss, Simon Francis said:

“I think they (Newcastle fans) will see a difference almost in their first game. From what I’ve seen over the past couple of years at Newcastle, they have been very cautious in games and sat off teams, not just the top teams, but let a lot of teams within the division to have the ball for large periods.

He added:

“The reality is that they’re in a relegation battle, but he’ll assess the situation, he’ll think of the best way to get the best team out there on a match day and get the best results possible as quickly as possible.”

Spend big or look for premier league experience?

Perhaps one of the most controversial topics when it comes to Eddie Howe’s appointment is his ability to sign influential players in the transfer window. At Bournemouth the budget was always limited and therefore the calibre of player the club could attract was lower. 

However, when he did spend big, Howe got it wrong on a couple of occasions. The most notable being his £15million signing of Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe and the £19million pound purchase of striker Dominic Solanke. 

On the other hand, there have been many occasions where the 43-year-old has got it spot on and been overlooked. 

The signing of Nathan Ake for £20million is a bargain in the modern-day market as the Dutch centre-back became a stalwart in defence for the Cherries. Both Jefferson Lerma and Phillip Billing may have played a part in their relegation but have remained popular names within the side at the Vitality Stadium. They are a vital part in their quest for promotion from the Championship. 

With the number of high quality players linked with Newcastle after their Saudi-led takeover last month, will Newcastle be big spenders as suggested?

Or will Howe be looking towards Premier League experience to help turn the tide for his team who currently find themselves rooted in the relegation zone. 

One thing is for sure, new signings need to be integrated into the squad quickly and have an immediate influence on results. 

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Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.



Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.

Newcastle United boss wants to extend the contracts of two players before losing them.

Eddie Howe has expressed in a recent fan Q&A his intentions to keep two out of contract players this summer, Loris Karius and Paul Dummett, according to the Athletic’s Chris Waugh, with both players current contracts set to end this summer.

6 players are currently set to become out of contract come June 1st, Loris Karius, Paul Dummet, Mark Gillespie, Matt Ritchie, Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark. However, it is only Karius and Dummett that appear to be safe of getting the chop.

Loris Karius has spent this season as Newcastle United’s third choice keeper, with only one appearance coming in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Final. Despite the loss, Karius did little wrong and contributed some wonderful saves late on in that game.

Paul Dummett has had the same treatment, with only one appearance coming his way, a Carabao Cup tie in the second round against Tranmere Rovers back in August. The 31-year-old Welshman is an experienced head and will no doubt have great respect within the dressing room having signed for the club back in 2012 making 205 appearances in that time.

Both players can expect new contracts from Eddie Howe as he has made it known that he wants them both to remain at the club next season.


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Top 10 Free Transfers NUFC Could Sign This Summer



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10 players Eddie Howe could look towards with contracts expiring at the end of this season.

The free agent’s market is the absolute cheat code for clubs across the board, being able to avoid the rising transfer fees and getting players through the door through verbal agreements makes life much easier for clubs during the transfer window.

We have compiled a list of 10 free transfers NUFC could sign this summer from Europe’s top five leagues giving them a rating of the potential of them signing and the impact they would have.


  1. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

The 29-year-old full back has his contract expiring this summer and with NUFC already being hinted at as his potential new club, this one is worth keeping an eye on over the next few months. He would slot straight in at left-back to have healthy competition for fan favourite Dan Burn and add a burst of class and pace to that left hand side. The Portugal international already has an impressive CV and would be looking to show that off to the St. James faithful.

Potential – A

Impact – A


  1. Yerry Mina (Everton)

With Everton potentially facing the drop this season, a jump from Merseyside to Newcastle could suit the centre back to a T. The 28-year-old Columbian international would add to NUFC’s already in form back line and bring some South American heat as they look to progress further next season. Mina possesses dominance, aggression, and a great ariel threat and would be a top addition to the magpies this summer.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Jonathan Bamba (Lille)

An explosive winger who made his name known as Lille snatched the league title in 2021 in France, the 26-year-old is still yet to receive a contract extension from the club and could be looking elsewhere in the summer. Adding pace, flair, and drive to an already exciting front three for NUFC could be what fans need going into next season.

Potential – C

Impact – A


  1. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

Reportedly being close to leaving in the summer window of 2022, Youri Tielemans would be a fine addition to NUFC’s midfield being able to operate in a slightly deeper role to allow Bruno to push further up the field and do what he does best. The 25-year-old has his contract expiring this summer and with him and James Maddison already being linked to the club, this transfer seems to make so much more sense and would add heaps of quality to the centre of the field.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Drive, power, and flair are the 3 best words to describe Crystal Palace star man Wilfried Zaha. The 30-year-old could be looking to depart his beloved club in the hope for European football next season and NUFC could be just the place for him. Being able to operate either on the left or down the middle, Zaha would thrive under Eddie Howe and be a fantastic addition to the front line.

Potential – B

Impact – A

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Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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