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CRAIG HOPE: Eddie Howe Focused On Being Newcastle’s ‘Red Adair’ – New Boss Admits He Is A Firefighter

There were no big declarations of intent, in the style of Amanda Staveley five weeks ago. This, rather, was more of a Howe To Guide To Survival.

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe stopped short of labeling himself Red Adair, but took a hose in anticipation.

The most revealing aspect of its opening at St James’ Park was not what has been discussed with the new Saudi-led property, but even more what has not been discussed.

New Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is on a survival mission with the club in the drop zone.

New Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is on a survival mission with the club in the drop zone.

They may be the richest owners in the world, but any conversation about the Champions League has been pushed aside when the immediate concern is the Championship.

When asked if he had spoken to the Saudis about his vision for the future, Howe said: ‘No, I have spoken to Amanda. But we have not gone into details or been looking for guarantees for two, three or four years, because it is not relevant at this time.

“There may come a time, I hope it does, when we have that long-term vision conversation, but it’s not now.”

In the period between the completion of the £ 305 million acquisition and today, there has been a reality check on Tyneside, largely due to the team slipping five points from safety.

The 43-year-old took over at Newcastle following the firing of Steve Bruce last month (pictured: club manager Amanda Staveley, right, and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, left)

The 43-year-old took over at Newcastle following the firing of Steve Bruce last month (pictured: club manager Amanda Staveley, right, and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, left)

The 43-year-old took over at Newcastle following the firing of Steve Bruce last month (pictured: club manager Amanda Staveley, right, and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, left)

Staveley and Howe were asked similar questions in terms of what success would represent. Last month, the co-owner spoke of winning the Premier League in 10 years and challenging Manchester City and Paris-Saint Germain on a global front.

Howe, hoarse from two days in training camp, said: ‘Success now is staying in the Premier League. It will not be an easy road. I am not going to come here and underestimate what we have in front of us. There is no magic wand. We already have a big gap to catch the teams that are above us. Now, it’s about the short term.

But I’m absolutely sure that we can stay awake. I think we have the players to achieve it, but it will require a lot of work, sacrifice and suffering, and the players will give everything they have ”.

For now, Howe will have to work with what he has inherited, especially with nine games that will define the season before January.

Howe is tasked with avoiding the relegation threat with Newcastle fighting this period

Howe is tasked with avoiding the relegation threat with Newcastle fighting this period

Howe is tasked with avoiding the relegation threat with Newcastle fighting this period

He is mindful of not killing the confidence of an already fragile group by probing about transfers and the need for investment, even if that is what supporters want to hear. But just the same, fans won’t mind the realism of his message from here inside St James’ Park.

In 48 hours of Howe’s management they have taken the 43-year-old with great enthusiasm. A video of him running during a training exercise has been edited to the Baywatch theme song, a fitting tribute given that his duty is to save his team.

Howe hopes he can be the man for more than that, and in January, his wife and three children will move northeast.

The family’s life changed in 24 hours last week when, with the club hoping to name Unai Emery, the Spaniard took a 180-degree turn and the spotlight quickly turned to Howe. Not that he cared to be second choice.

The English has appealed to its stars to make the necessary sacrifices to avoid the fall

That was evident yesterday when the former Bournemouth manager visited St James’ for the first time since arriving in Newcastle on Monday night.

“When you open the doors, you walk through the tunnel, imagine ages and past players … it’s amazing,” she said before taking the field with Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

“I feel absolutely honored and privileged. It’s an amazing time in my life. ‘

Howe was later pressed on whether he had reservations about taking the job given Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

He made no promises to secure the club's top-flight status with relegation a real threat (pictured with Staveley, left and Ghodoussi, right)

He made no promises to secure the club's top-flight status with relegation a real threat (pictured with Staveley, left and Ghodoussi, right)

He made no promises to secure the club’s top-flight status with relegation a real threat (pictured with Staveley, left and Ghodoussi, right)

“For me, this was a football decision,” he said. “My focus is football, running the team and managing the players – that’s all I’m here to talk about.”

It could, and probably should, have expanded. But Howe, no matter the subject, was not deviating from his theme that it was a survival mission.

From the romanticism of the owners to the pragmatism of the manager in just over a month, Howe knows that he is already fighting for his own future, as well as that of his new club.

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