Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe thinks there is a good feeling within his squad because everyone is fighting to keep the Magpies in the Premier League for another season. The St James Park side have slowly but surely improved under Howe and currently sit 17th in the standings.
With the January window closed and Newcastle United now five stronger players, it remains to be seen whether the Magpies manage to stay in place or be relegated at the end of the season. But so far, the effect of Eddie Howe is already noticeable as Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four league matches. The race may include two draws, but that was more than enough to send the Tyneside club out of the relegation zone for the time being, with them currently in 17th place.
It may be just a point above 18th-place Norwich City, but it is the first time since late September that Newcastle United have come out of the drop zone. This has seen Eddie Howe attribute it to the atmosphere within the club as he believes everyone is fighting tooth and nail for the same cause. The Newcastle boss also revealed he doesn’t want to make predictions about the future and only wants to focus on getting the best out of his team.
“There is a very good feeling within the group, everyone is fighting for the same cause. As long as we maintain this, we have a very good chance.” [to avoid relegation]. I never like to predict results or what’s going to happen, all I like to do is focus on producing the right mentality and the right way to play within the squad every game.” , Howe told Sky Sports.
“We want to see the fundamental fundamentals of what we believe in, and I think we’ve seen that in the last few games. The unity, the performance of the team in those two games [stood out]. You go to Leeds, you know it’s a really tough place to play. The atmosphere was electric, the players reacted really well. They really fought for each other, and it was the same against Everton.”
Mike Ashley sold the club to the Saudi Public Investment Fund a few months before the winter window opened and many fans were excited about what the future could bring for the new owners. Not only that, but Steve Bruce was also sacked just weeks into the new management’s tenure with a few world-class names tied to the job. However, as the Magpies searched for a new manager, they eventually appointed Eddie Howe and the Englishman revealed the decision to take the job was not a scary one but an “exciting challenge”.
“[The role and new club wealth] was not intimidating. It’s a very exciting challenge for me. I would not have returned to management for any job. I wasn’t in that place in my life, I wanted to do something inspiring and it grabbed me, and Newcastle grabbed me immediately, and I don’t find it intimidating in any way, I look at it in the the other way and see the positives.
“It’s a very tough challenge, getting to where the team was, and everything we’ve faced and the expectations with the money and everything brings hard times, but I’m so happy to be here.
“I love every second of the work and the challenge we face. It’s going to be very difficult between now and the end of the season. Nothing has been achieved yet, we’re still in the early stages together,” he added. .
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