Eddie Howe urges Newcastle to embrace the critics and wants them to play like Man City and Liverpool
‘There are a lot of people who don’t want us to be successful’: Eddie Howe urges Saudi-backed Newcastle to ’embrace’ the critics… years’
- Significant concerns have been raised over Newcastle’s ties to the Saudi state
- Manager Eddie Howe believes many outsiders like to see the club fail
- But he wants his team to enjoy every hatred they get from the opponent’s fans
- The former Bournemouth boss has high ambitions for the Northeast outfit
Eddie Howe believes “a lot of people” want Newcastle to fail and has urged his players to “embrace” any criticism that comes their way.
The Magpies boss will celebrate a year at the helm at St. James’ Park in November, with his appointment as one of the first acts of the Saudi-backed ownership at the helm following the purchase of the club from Mike Ashley.
Significant concerns have been raised about Newcastle’s ties to the Saudi state, which has a horrendous human rights record – including the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents and homosexuality is illegal.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe believes ‘a lot of people’ want the club to fail
However, Howe wants his team to enjoy the hatred they get from opposition fans, journalists and pundits.
‘[I want] that feeling of us against everyone,’ he told the athletic. “I’m trying to create that internally, but I don’t think we should force it. It’s something we can feel in Newcastle.
“There are a lot of people who want to beat and criticize us and probably don’t want us to be successful. We have to embrace that.’
Significant concerns have been raised about the club’s owners’ ties to the Saudi state
But Howe wants his team to enjoy every hatred they get from opposition fans and pundits
Newcastle have won just one of their first six Premier League games of the season, but have drawn four and are currently 11th in the table.
The club’s owners want to bring them back into the Champions League and Howe also has high ambitions for the future.
The 44-year-old told the athletic that he wants his team to play like Manchester City and Liverpool ‘in a year or two’.
Howe wants his team to play like Manchester City and Liverpool in a year or two
Howe said: “If you look at our scoring from last season, it was good from where we were, but our overall performance indicators and the key metrics you look at – possession, shots, conceded shots – were quite low.
“We won a lot of games towards the end, but often we weren’t the dominant team. I don’t think you can sustain that. If that’s your style, you’ll eventually stop winning and be in big trouble. So we try to change.
“It has to be gradual, but we’re trying to implement a style where we’re progressive and dominant and go home and out to attack the game. That will be my biggest marker in terms of how we improve rather than points.”