Chris Sutton casts doubt on Eddie Howe’s appointment, saying his Bournemouth hiring ‘was not impressive’ and claims Newcastle did not handle his manager search ‘too well’
- Newcastle appointed Eddie Howe to succeed Steve Bruce as their new manager
- They originally tried to name former Arsenal boss Unai Emery
- Chris Sutton has claimed Howe will have a tough job this season
Chris Sutton has raised some questions about Newcastle’s decision to appoint Eddie Howe as its new manager.
The Saudi-led club turned to Howe after they failed in their search for Villarreal manager Unai Emery.
Sutton believes Newcastle mishandled its manager search and claimed Bournemouth “lost” its way towards the end of Howe’s tenure at the club.
Chris Sutton has cast some doubt on Newcastle’s decision to appoint Eddie Howe (bottom row third from right)
Sutton said Howe’s transfer business while in Bournemouth wasn’t ‘too impressive’
Sutton said in the Monday night club: ‘It was clearly not the first choice. I don’t think Newcastle handled this situation too well with that leaked proposal. And then Unai Emery essentially turned them down. They had to bring someone in.
And look, I like Eddie Howe, I think he’s a smart guy, but he has an amazing job.
“I think January will be absolutely key. I think if you look at his coaching history, the way his team played at Bournemouth, I thought they were a breath of fresh air, in the end he lost it.
Newcastle turned to Howe after failing in their search for Villarreal’s Unai Emery
His recruitment in recent years at Bournemouth was not that impressive. You have to get your draft in January, but it’s all about staying awake, right?
And it will be interesting, the kind of football that Newcastle plays with Eddie, especially in the beginning, because does Newcastle have players where they can really play an expensive game? I’m not so sure they do. ‘
Howe will face a tough job with the new richest club in world football, currently last in the Premier League table and without a win to his name.
Howe has a great job on his hands for Newcastle without a league win to his name
Newcastle is expected to be busy in the January transfer window as they look to stay in the top flight so they can continue building next summer.
Howe, who signed a contract until the summer of 2024, has not been in management since leaving Bournemouth in August 2020 after relegation.
The new manager watched Newcastle’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday from the stands.