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Eddie Howe’s Press Conference For Tough Game At Manchester City

Here is Eddie Howe’s actual press conference for the upcoming game at Manchester City tomorrow, where we haven’t won a league game in 23 years – maybe we can do that tomorrow?

Yes – I made a stupid mistake (another one) when I put the press conference article out earlier this morning, from Eddie Howe – it was the one from 5 months ago – I was wondering why Howe kept talking about the Cup Final.

Silly me – and I am sorry about that.

It also appears that we have been successful in acquiring Lewis Hall, and there were multiple reports yesterday that Newcastle had agreed to a fee with Chelsea for the 18-year-old left-back, who is so well-regarded.

Eddie Howe talks right at the beginning of the press conference about how he really likes this young player.

Our recruitment team knows how to get these deals over the line and never seem to give up.


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1,396 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 18, 2023 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #81

    And apparently Grass is a staple in N Korea.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 18, 2023 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #82

    Wow, a majority vote for a win, how times have changed.

    What’s the scuttle butt on the MC fans site TTT?

  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 18, 2023 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #83

    Kidneys are tasty, you never see ‘em these days. Often when you bought pork chops the kidney would still be attached.

    And don’t get me started on Liver. Properly cooked it can be absolutely gorgeous. Calves liver in particular is beautiful. Whenever I went to Austria, I’d have it as it’s still popular over there and served in most restaurants.

    I have eaten a couple of peculiar “delicacies” from China, but I was outrageously ill after one particular meal and I’m not sure what exactly caused it but I had a huge allergic reaction to something. I’ve been a lot more cautious since. 😆

  • Tonyd3b54

    Aug 18, 2023 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #84

    Besides RW and RCB where do we even go from here transfer wise? I’d resign wilson next year. That’s the only other spot I can think of.. we have so much depth now it’s amazing!

    Lw- barnes gordon isak anderson
    Mf- Big Joe, Tonality, Bruno, little Joe, longstaff, Anderson, miley
    Lb-burn, target, hall
    LCB-botman, burn, Murphy
    Rb-trips, livramento, kraft

    I even like miggy and Murphy at RW Both provide different things offensive and work their butt off defensively but concede it can be improved. Also gordon can play there.

    Big joe can play lw, lm or anchor in the mf. Bruno and tonality can play all 3 Mf positions longstaff can play RM or anchor. Little joe can play left or right. Anderson can play lw an left or right MF. We haven’t even see what Miley can do yet.

    We have the players to play a 433, 443, 533 or 343. This year is going to so exciting to watch!!!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #85

    CBob – you’re missing something fundamental in your point about what 18 of the other clubs voted for to help limit our rise. The clubs aren’t sentient entities with a vote you know, the people who vote couldn’t give two hoots what happens if the club are taken over in the future. The people who vote are the owners who want as much success and increase in wealth while they are owners.

    Club owners will almost always vote for what’s in their interest. The ideal scenario is to have club owners whose interests align with the fans’.

  • Hibbit

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #86

    had dog in the early seventies in Hong Kong, bit like rabbit but not as strong as hare,
    but my all time favourite of unusual meats, roast guinea pig a real delicacy in Peru ,

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #87

    Although our squad for this season is exciting, as already mentioned our squad for the next decade already potentially has a fantastic core. When you look at the players aged 23 or under, I think we have:
    GK – ?
    LB – Hall
    RB – Livramento
    CB – Botman
    CB – Murphy
    CM – Tonali
    CM – Willock
    CM – Miley
    LW – Gordon
    RW – Anderson
    ST – Isak

    Not a bad team even if they started tomorrow (with Pope in goal as a cheat).

  • cyprus

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #88

    Thanks J

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #89

    yer a bad lad for suggesting that we put a telly in the kitchen for the Women’s Cup Final.

    But without saying that’s before or after you’ve had your Sunday lunch handed to you a plate.

  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #90

    TDS, the people who vote are the Club’s Chairmen or CEO’s, actual sentient beings, who vote naturally for what they consider to be their best interests.

    I was merely pointing out that as so often in such circumstances, they don’t consider what reaction their vote will have in “others boardrooms”. There is always a human element involved by hopefully sentient beings (assuming they aren’t being run by AI yet) and as such it will create a “human” response. They overlooked this and will possibly rue the day they tried to “stifle” our owners.

    A case of “don’t poke the bear”.

  • Toon Fans Good

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #91

    I confess I’m a very fussy eater. I eat only 1 type of bread for example the smaller version thick warburtons toasties 400g orange packaging. Won’t touch any other

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #92

    So I listened to Eddie’s presser, he spoke well and at length. So why am I still none the wiser over team selection? 😆

    Stick or twist? I’m going to stick. This early in the season and on the back of a fabulous result he can afford to. So the order is “same again please”!

    I think….

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #93

    CBob – that was your second point but your first referred to what happens if they’re taken over in future.

    With regards to your second point though, there are multiple seasoned business people at every single club so I’m pretty sure they weighed up the decisions in terms of how all people in business do when they’re competing against others. If 18 out of 19 clubs took one approach and the only 1 that didn’t is Man City then that’s a lot of people in the same situation with the same viewpoint.

    There’s no poking the bear to be done. Our owners want us to be the number 1 team and beat all of our rivals, they’re not going to get all emotional about it and throw their plans out just because some other clubs voted in their own interest.

    I’ve no problem with other clubs doing what suits them. We’ll do what suits us and we’re winning.

  • Flurzinho

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #94

    Every club is worried about us and rightly so!

    The squad we are putting together is the strongest we have had in years.

    Moving forward,I think we will be looking at 2-3 extraordinary signings per season.

    A top quality striker and a RCB next window/season.

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #95

    Looks like plenty thinking along the same lines as me. 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #96

    I think set pieces, specifically corners is Tindall’s domain and yes Trippier has been very predictable on that. Was good to see KT square the free kick to Tonali for Isak’s first goal. Something different at last.

    Technically does Gordon have an ”assist” for Isak’s second goal as it looks like Konsa air kicked and missed the ball completely?

  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #97

    My 1st point I suppose was akin to Turkeys voting for Xmas.

    My 2nd, I stick by as it happened way to quickly after our takeover for them to have had All the thoughtful discussions you imply.

    It was a knee jerk, initiated by Spurs, Liverpool & ManU with the rest following like sheep without a thought as to what the long term repercussions might be. An all too often repeated mistake in British boardrooms, far too short termism in their approach to serious long term issues.

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Aug 18, 2023 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #98

    Flurz, I agree that will happen next Summer. I think the Winter window will depend on any injuries. Mind, Mr Ashworth might have other ideas. It’s really tough trying to second guess when they give nowt away.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #99

    I’ve heard that when a pride kills an animal they let the boss eat the heart and liver first. Definitely the most healthy parts and I love both. But 99% of what you hear online is garbage so probably not true

  • DKillers

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #100

    Cannot believe that we managed to get Hall. Picking up Livramento was a coup, but it was from a relegated team that needed to move players on (maybe not Livramnento, specifically). Getting Hall from Chelsea is another level.

    It’s hard to even grasp the high-level youth in this team now. So exciting.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #101

    CBOB. Do not me started on liver. I remember as as young boy flatly refusing to eat my mother’s BULLETS. Was there for a couple of hours before Mrs Martoon came and threw it in the bin. Compromise. Mum won and I did not eat it.

    Now a properly done calf’s liver is fantastic. When you can find a restaurant that can do it properly, you go back!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #102

    CBob – you’re right about short termism but where is the incentive for these (mostly old) people running our clubs to make decisions for the long term? Mostly they want to make as much money as possible (either directly or indirectly) and get out at the optimal time. Owners who are also genuine fans are rare these days and even owners who want to invest in the local area (like ours) are pretty rare too. But even our owners are in it for the profit. If investing in Newcastle Utd and Newcastle the city ceases to have the growth they need then they’ll stop investing.

    The owners will have done what they did to protect their own short term interests. Why shouldn’t they?

  • scott

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #103


    That is true of a lot of pack animals!

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #104


    There was a butchers in my granddads town when I was younger which did an amazing steak and kidney pie, I couldn’t get enough of them. Now with changing times and tastes, they have removed the kidney and only do a steak pie… it’s lovely still but just not the same as it was.

    Liver is always fantastic. Regular meal, cooked with onions and gravy when I was younger. The wife isn’t a fan but the two boys are very adventurous so I’m going to try them on it soon, so hopefully they’ll be able to help make it more regular.

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #105

    Citeh fans views part 1:

    “Need to be miles better on Saturday than we were tonight. Newcastle looked great at the weekend and will definitely be a threat.”

    “Perfect game for us, we know we need to be at it and we turn up for these games”

    “Big test this to see where we are at. We know what they will do so no surprises. Just hope our boys recover from tonight. Win this & our rivals will feel it too”

    “First home game with the fans. We will win”

    “Worried we’re not fit enough at the minute. Undercooked is the term used at this time of year. Newcastle seemed to be flying at the weekend

    “We are 100% going to suffer after that game tonight. Expecting an understandably laboured performance, just hope somebody comes up with the magic to get us a result.”

    “Will be very, very tough. We need to control the ball, sap the energy out the game and kill their adrenaline/momentum.”

    “The hardest team in the Prem to play against now? Going to be one hell of a game.”

    “This could be one of the best nights of the season. Expect a cracking atmosphere.”

    “This is going to be a seriously tough game of football on Saturday night. Newcastle have done good business in the market this summer, They actually done really well against us in both games last season. Having said that, I think we will have too much for them.”

    “Hope Howe does well and wins them their first trophy – it’s good to see an English manager get a shot at a big club”

    “Newcastle won’t have a better chance to tear us apart. Best team in the league in transition and we looked so vulnerable to transitions v Sevilla, plus the tiredness/travelling…”

    “Newcastle are a good team of that there is no doubt but lets not pretend that villas defending was anything other than suicidal and 2 late goals put a real sheen on that result. It will be a tough game thats for sure but im not sure if anyone was watching last season but we kinda won the treble and were a bit good while doing it.”

    “At the end of the day, Newcastle are coming to our patch, They are playing against the best team in Europe and will also know they are in for a seriously tough game. I know we have KDB missing but we still have more than enough to beat Newcastle. I know you’ve mentioned Dan Burn in you’re post, I think Kieran Trippier is the one to be got at. Grealish gave him the absolute runaround last year and and year before that. We can expose their full backs big time.”

    “This is no different to playing after a champions League game, it hasn’t suddenly made Newcastle into 2011 Barca. Haaland hattrick, 4-1 City.”

    “Tough one to call this… Toons look good and I think will be a threat this year, more so than Arsenal tbh and I’m quite surprised so few pundits (who know jack-all anyway) have them even in their top 6’s. I’d take a draw now although a win would be great obviously…”

    “Stuart Pearce just tipped NUFC to win the league!”

    (in reply) “Bit early to be on the sauce? Good team, but they won’t win the League this season.”

    “This will be a difficult match and a barometer of how prepared we really are. Newcastle are perhaps the most physically imposing side in the league now, with a lot of running power. We’ll need to be secure on the ball, especially early on, as I expect them to press hard and try to force turnovers in the middle third, then attack via direct vertical passes and carrying the ball.”

  • Lord Scattercash

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #106

    Interesting paqueta deal is off due to betting breaches…

  • Lord Scattercash

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #107

    If I were in charge of recruitment as opposed to CHAPS payment authorisations I’d wait til he’s been found guilty and buy him on the cheap while he’s still banned.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #108

    I will revise my opinion on Liverpool having a better squad than us on paper if they fail to make the 2 key signings they need. So far, they’ve had a very poor window losing several key players, failing to reinforce their ageing central defence, and failing to sign a defensive midfielder, let alone a top one.

    Liverpool are going to struggle this season if they don’t pull a couple of signings out of the bag. We’d surely be favourites to finish above them if the transfer window closed now.


    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #109

    Cbob @ #97

    Slap bang on, mate.

    A truly british capitalist disease.
    Awful, non-thought-through crap.
    More fool them.


    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #110

    Some healthy respect there from the real Mancunians.

  • Lord Scattercash

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #111

    Liverpool have just bought the japanese captain…he is a proper machine that breaks up play and a great short passer…a bit like a modern Davey McCreery…he will do a good job for them will little pomp and ceremony just like Lobby.

    He will much improve them.

    Just sayin’

    But still not as good as us!

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #113

    Part 2:

    “If we win this with our squad down to the barebones, having played Wednesday without De Bruyne it will really shit the rest of the league up..”

    “First home game as Champions of Europe and treble winners. We’re going to batter them, you miserable f*ckers!”

    “Stones and Dias out and Bernado is a doubt. Gonna be a long night”

    “so where are we on the “everything is falling apart” scale”

    “Akanji up against Isak *covers eyes*”

    “Would take a draw right now if offered. This is a great team with basically every single factor in their favor. A point is good enough, anything more is gravy in my eyes.”

    “You don’t win games based on what you’ve previously achieved but having won the treble 12 weeks ago, won our opening game away comfortably against a newly promoted team and won the Super Cup on Wednesday night is a pretty good indicator we’re a hell of a team.
    Conversely, the evidence for Newcastle being the reincarnation of Brazil 1970 is one victory at home against Aston Villa and finishing 18 points behind us last season.”

    “Newcastle have never won in 18 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (D2 L16), with their last away league win against Man City coming at Maine Road in September 2000. It’s the most any team has played at a specific venue without ever winning in Premier League history…”

    “We are not ready for this Newcastle team & their energy. Fitness not where it should be, players injured & we have not replaced 2 big players. This game will really show where we are this season. Don’t want to drop points so early on but I’d be happy with a point right now. Hope the boys grind out a win.”

    “Lots of surrender monkeys in this thread , they are not real madrid or something , will be a grind but we can win somehow”

  • Toon Fans Good

    Aug 18, 2023 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #114

    Niafron have you watched the new 3 musketeers yet with Eva green. Any good?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 18, 2023 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #115

    Lord Scattercash – a 30 year old Japanese player from the German league I believe? Might be a handy player but hardly the key signing that a team needs when rebuilding their midfield to enable them to finish in the top 4. Nowhere near as good as us!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 18, 2023 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #116

    And…oh no…I’m talking about Liverpool again! Well, considering my brother is a Liverpool fan we obviously talk about football. Both in agreement that without a couple of seriously good signings, they’d need a miracle themselves to finish top 4.

    As it is, my prediction is the same top 4 as last season, although Chelsea could be a wildcard and Liverpool could still pull a couple of rabbits out of the hat. Can’t see it happening for Liverpool though…too many quality midfielders have already moved so I think they’ll have to massively overpay to bring in anyone else now. Everyone knows they’ll be desperate. You could even call it a Liverpool tax… 😉

  • 9

    Aug 18, 2023 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #117

    JimIley@51 & 54 (I think)
    Spot on. I’m sick and tired of our performance at corners. We get loads of corners. We NEVER do anything with them. NUFC gaining a corner = attack over, unfortunately. And with the height of BDB up there amongst others, and with Tripps top-notch delivery, you would imagine we would be awesome.Surely we can come up with something!!

  • valle

    Aug 18, 2023 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #118

    I think we will win 1-3

    Grealish scores for them with Isak getting 2 and Gordon getting 1.

  • The Taco Taker

    Aug 18, 2023 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #119

    The world has gone mad…

    Halifax refuse to play our Lasses cos the World Cup is on. You cant just not turn up cos another match is on earlier in the day. They should be forfeiting the points.


  • martoon

    Aug 18, 2023 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #120

    Pug – from earlier – to clarify I only allow changes to your predictions if we sign a new player and you want to name him as your Player of the Season and/or Top Goal Scorer – you can’t change anything else!


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