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‘It’s Very Intense’ – Magpie Explains Howe Impact On Training Sessions

During the press conference for Brentford last Friday, Eddie Howe singled out Jonjo Shelvey as a player who had impressed him during his first few weeks as Newcastle manager. The head coach said the following about the playmaker:

“I knew how good he was having played against him. But then when you work with him you realize he’s an incredible technician and can play all sorts of passes, long and short.

“In terms of our philosophy, he’s someone who’ll be very important to us.”

Shelvey picked up a calf injury after the opening match of this campaign. After suffering a setback, he didn’t return until after the takeover was completed. The 29-year-old came on as a substitute against Tottenham but was promptly sent off after receiving two bookings.

He started the draw at Brighton and was again in the starting eleven against Brentford. Shelvey put in a fantastic performance with five key passes in what was just his 5th appearance of the season.

The midfielder has given an interview with NUFC TV and was asked about the encouraging words his new manager gave him last week. This was Jonjo’s response:

“Obviously when a new manager comes in you don’t know where you’re going to stand. He said when he came in ‘everyone’s got a clean slate.’

“Everyone’s just really jumped on board with what he’s trying to do.

“It’s obviously nice to hear things like that said about you. Especially from the man that’s going to be picking the team and the man that’s going to be leading you.”

It’s a good sign that Shelvey has been impressive in training as he could be a pivotal factor in the fight for safety. He’s one of the few players in the squad who can spray the ball around the pitch.

Shelvey has fully bought into Howe’s philosophy. That means grueling sessions at the training ground to get the lads in tip-top condition. Here is how Shelvey described training under the new boss:

“It’s very intense. It’s something where you’re on it every single second of the day. You’re constantly thinking about football.

“I believe that’s the way football should be played.

“Since he’s come in he’s galvanized everything. Everyone has bought into what he wants to do.

“The last international break, I’d be to sleep by 8 o’clock every night because I’m just shattered from training.

“It takes getting used to. I feel like the lads are there now. We’ll keep working day by day and week by week. Hopefully, we’ll get the results to go with the performances.”

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343 comments so far

  • Mund

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #321


    To see who can be the biggest idiot mate

  • DrGloom

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #322

    haha think we can all take that award

  • Mund

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #323


    You’d be surprised as some really put themselves out there 😉

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #324

    Pod on the Tyne, couple of days old, but worth a listen (nothing’s changed since the 23rd)


  • DaraghL

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #325

    Morning lads, just booked flights and tickets for the Burnley game.

    It will be my first game since we beat United 1-0 from a Matty Longstaff peach of a goal. Covid has kept me away since, buzzing for it!

  • Mund

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #326

    Get in DaraghL

    You must be buzzing mate!

  • DaraghL

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #327

    Ah chuffed Mund, had a late change of plans with work so snatched at the chance.

    My usual sources are using their tickets in the Gallowgate end (the Howe effect!) but got two on the Leazes end. Should be a cracker! Hopefully a few points in the bag before then.

  • niafron

    Nov 26, 2021 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #328

    Bonjour messieurs!

    So tough game tomorow… Hope we can’t get out of there with at least a draw.

    We got a phrase in french ” une veillée d’arme”.

    I’m not sure how to translate it in english… “An armed vigil”? “Eve of battle”?

  • Mund

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #330

    GET IN!!

    Craig Hope
    Eddie Howe has tested negative for Covid-19 and will be in charge at Arsenal tomorrow.

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #331

    Newcastle United FC @NUFC · 1m
    #NUFC can confirm that Eddie Howe will be in the dugout for tomorrow’s game at the Emirates Stadium after returning a negative Covid test this morning.

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #332

    False positive then as I suggested last Friday.

    Totally pointless.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #333

    Good news Mund tks

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #334

    Morning all,

    Looking forward to the game tomorrow…Against Arsenal away I’m normally fearful of a hiding as it’s never a good stomping ground for us at all over the last few years especially. However, for the first time in absolutely years I’m not at all and strangely feel very confident.

    A wee bit of a downer that Eddie is still having to be isolated away from the squad and not took training. I read he apparently has set up what training is to be utilised throughout the week and what systems etc. I’d imagine we will get straight in Arsenal’s faces right from the off and pressure them with hopefully a high press. Arsenal are not good when teams press high and in their faces, it’s why they have loved playing us over the last few years. On that basis I believe Almiron has to play as he is the perfect player to get in their faces and press high!

    I made a score prediction of 4-1 to us against Brentford which was well wide of the mark. Therefore, I won’t be predicting this one as I’d hate to jinx the final score 😉 onwards and upwards HWTL!

  • DaraghL

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #335

    FTC – Turn that frown upside down he’s back!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #336

    How do we know if it was a false positive and not that he’s just symptom free now.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #337

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:12 AM
    Comment #336

    Hi mate – is Wor Eddie back did you say?

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #338

    Apologies I’m trying to work and type so missed Mickys very positive post. Micky I really hope that is true mate I really do as it will be a huge lift for the players 🙂

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #339

    Sorry Mund missed your post as well. Great news this. Such a lift this will be

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #340

    Having Eddie back tomorrow is like having an extra man.
    The lads are obviously suffering from BIIC; that’s Bruce induced inferiority complex and Eddie on the touch line is a perfect antidote!

  • lesh

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #341


    Unless I’ve misunderstood your comment, how’d ( 🙄 ) you work out that Eddie H’s isolation was pointless? False positive or not, there was no other option than to isolate – taking a chance can never be a realistic and sensible move. The virus ain’t going anywhere soon.

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #342

    Eddie probably was positive and now he’s clear surely.
    Whatever, it’s great news that he’s back! As I said it’s like having an extra man as the lads are naturally suffering from lack of confidence!

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 26, 2021 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #343

    I’m predicting 3-1 to us! We have to win sometime! 🙂

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