Eddie Howe was the ideal decision for Newcastle United over other ‘blue-chip’ possibilities like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
According to John Gibson of Chronicle, Howe outperformed both Aston Villa and Everton’s managers previous season.
Lampard’s feat of keeping Everton in the Premier League has been lauded by some in the media, while Gerrard’s debut season in the top flight has also been lauded – despite the fact that both finished behind Newcastle.
That may not appear to be a significant factor in their various finishes, but keep in mind that when Howe took over Newcastle in November, the team was in dire straits and had yet to win a game.
Rafa Benitez’s Everton were nine points ahead of Newcastle at the time, while Villa were five points ahead.
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Newcastle ended the season with 49 points, four more than Villa and ten more than Everton. Gerrard took over at Villa on November 11 and won ten games, whereas Lampard took over at Everton on January 31 and won only eight games.
The Newcastle end-of-season score, in Gibbo’s opinion, reaffirms that the club’s owners made the correct decision in appointing Howe while many others were pressing for Gerrard or Lampard to take the post.
On the newest episode of The Everything is Black and White Podcast, Gibbo remarked, “If we just cast our minds back to when Howe came, the big names bandied around if you were going to have a young ambitious manager were Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.”
“They are well-known because of their playing careers, which Eddie Howe lacked, but there is no doubt that this guy has outperformed both of them.” Both Aston Villa and Everton were above Newcastle when Howe arrived, but they have both ended behind Newcastle.
“Despite his reputation as a terrific new manager, Lampard’s record at Derby, Chelsea, and Everton [isn’t excellent].”
Let’s have a look at Gerrard. Of course, there’s Rangers, but that’s a two-horse race, so you’ve got a fair chance, but has it gone as well as he expected at Aston Villa?
Howe has outperformed the two ‘blue-chip’ young managers who were available when Newcastle was seeking.”
Newcastle were 19th in the standings when Howe took over, and the outcome of his first game in charge, a 3-3 draw with Brentford, combined with Norwich’s victory over Southampton, saw United drop to 20th.
With only one win in his first nine games, Championship football appeared to be a foregone conclusion. Howe, on the other hand, staged a dramatic turnaround in 2022, which Gibbo believes puts him on par with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
“What this guy has done from almost nothing is just incredible, and if there were a’manager of the half year,’ there would be no comparison to Klopp or Guardiola since the second half of the season has been Eddie Howe’s whole responsibility.”
“He has outperformed not just what Newcastle United supporters had hoped for deep down in their hearts, but also what he and the owners had hoped for.”
I don’t mean Newcastle wouldn’t stay up – I believe both the owners and the manager expected them to – but to not only remain up but to do so magnificently and definitively must have been beyond their wildest hopes.
“You have to remember that this wasn’t a symbolic signing by the new owners; if it had been, you would have gone out and attempted to get Jose Mourinho or someone more established, perhaps a bit older but with a proven track record.” They didn’t; instead, they sought for a man whose finest work had been done at Bournemouth.
“A lot of outsiders may get cynical and say things like, ‘Well, what you can achieve at a club like that, taking them up to the Premier League could be amazing, but when you’ve got the pressure of a major club with 50K gates, it’s a different ball game.”
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