After more than a year out of the game, Eddie Howe finally seems ready to get back on the roller coaster of soccer with Newcastle, a job that could be a ticket to the top or one that takes him back to the Championship.
Having shamefully failed to hire Unai Emery, the new Saudi-backed property appears to return to Howe’s cap in hand, with the former Bournemouth coach and the rest of the football world well aware that he is their second option.
Should Howe care? Maybe not. Despite all the chaos of Newcastle’s manager search, Magpies’ position should remain a tantalizing prospect for a manager, especially a man like Howe.
Coach Eddie Howe looks set to take over as Newcastle boss in the coming days
Newcastle were humiliated after the public snub of Villarreal coach Unai Emery
The saga was an embarrassment to the Newcastle owners, who have now turned to Howe.
Of course, Newcastle are off to a terrible start to the season. They are in 19th place, already six points behind safety after 10 games this season. There is work, hard work, to do for whoever takes the reins.
But Howe can look at the players and see the roots of the recovery, something he can get down to immediately. There are three former Bournemouth players in the Newcastle fold – Callum Wilson, Matt Ritchie and Ryan Fraser – who are familiar with their methods.
It is on training ground that Howe does his best work and his offensive style of play is something Newcastle fans will quickly appreciate. At Bournemouth, he also became known for developing talent through his training methods; Players like Nathan Ake and Tyrone Mings are two names that can attest to this.
He will lean on to get Newcastle going immediately and with a transfer window on the horizon, the vision of leading the club before starting a proper rebuild in the summer will seem like an exciting prospect for the 43-year-old.
In fact, club building is something for which Howe has an immense pedigree. He orchestrated an impressive rise through the football pyramid in Bournemouth, from League Two to the Premier League, and although they had been relegated when he stepped back, the south coast club was transformed by Howe and is a completely different animal. which he first took over.
Despite finishing in relegation, Howe led Bournemouth from League Two to the Premier League
Howe has worked with several Newcastle players before, including Ryan Fraser.
Newcastle No. 9 Callum Wilson used to play for Bournemouth when Howe was coach
Howe pictured with his Bournemouth team at a pre-season training ground in Spain
Howe’s reins at Bournemouth were briefly split at Burnley in 2011, and he was pushed aside after a full season for personal reasons. But when he returned to Bournemouth in 2012, he picked up where he left off with the club in League One.
He knows how to build, he knows how to improve what he has and right now, for all the money Newcastle has, that nous is priceless.
Newcastle needs to get into January in the best possible situation. The football world will be watching Newcastle identify its goals and execute deals, particularly in light of the Emery saga.
One dent in Howe’s record is the amount of money he spent on failures at Bournemouth and that is something that, if he continues at Newcastle, could put his Premier League status at risk if results have not improved by then.
Eventually, the number of underperforming players who brought in large amounts of money derailed Bournemouth and saw them lose their Premier League status.
Dominic Solanke might be firing them for the Cherries in the Championship, but he managed just three Premier League goals the year they fell, which isn’t good enough for a £ 19 million signing.
At Bournemouth, Howe spent a lot on players like Dominic Solanke (left) who failed in the Premier League; it is something that cannot happen again with Newcastle.
If Howe has learned from his mistakes at Bournemouth, he could be a standout appointment in Newcastle
Jefferson Lerma has never justified a £ 25 million fee, while Jordon Ibe’s £ 15 million was exciting at the time, but it didn’t work out for unfortunate reasons. Also £ 15m was spent on midfielders Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma, the latter of whom joined Villarreal de Emery in August for £ 21m.
Reports have indicated that Newcastle will have a budget of around £ 50 million in January, which, in today’s world, is not an obscene amount of cash. It will have to be spent cunningly, on players who can start running.
But after a year, Howe will be eager to show that he has not only learned from his mistakes, but that he has honed the skills that have already made him a success.
And if he has, his appointment could propel Newcastle from the bottom up.