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Alan Shearer’s View On Eddie Howe’s Season So Far



Eddie Howe saved Newcastle from relegation after coming in early November back in 2021 with Newcastle second bottom of the Premier League.

Howe revived the side, after bringing in five new players in January 2022,  and we ended up finishing in 11th pace on 49 points.

Last season was unbelievable, with Newcastle finishing in 4th place on 71 points and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Last season we also reached the Carabao Cup final but were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Wembley.

But the strain of 2 games a week this season, coupled with far too many injuries to some of our star players, has put a spanner in the works, so to speak.

We reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last Saturday,  but Newcastle are struggling in 10th place in the league and we are currently out of a European slot for next season.

Premier League Table 2023-2024

PositionTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGDPoints
6Aston Villa3319861963
7Tottenham3218861660
8Newcastle32151251750
9Man United3215125-150
10West Ham3313119-648

Alan Shearer backs Eddie Howe to put things right, and this is what the Newcastle icon has said on BBC Radio One:

“This season has been tough for Newcastle, but there have been mitigating circumstances, the injuries, especially to Nick Pope and Joelinton,”

“They miss both of those a lot.”

“Eddie Howe still has plenty of credit in the bank.”

“Whatever happens this season, whether they finish mid-table or qualify for Europe, Eddie Howe will be Newcastle’s manager next season.”

We agree with Alan’s reasoning, but next season will have to be (a lot) better than this season.

And that will be helped if Newcastle either don’t qualify for Europe or we do qualify in the easier Europa League or  Europa Conference, but that still means 2 games a week, especially in the first half of the season.

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224 comments so far

  • mctoon

    Mar 18, 2024 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    In like Flynn … and Eddie Howe.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 18, 2024 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Shearer is spot on. Howe has earned and deserves another season, at least.
    Anyone calling for him to be sacked need to give themselves a shake.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Novocastrian66,
    Aye, it was shocking him saying that.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Simon Bird.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 18, 2024 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    On Howe…

    How many Man U fans wanted Ferguson sacked half way through his second season?

    Plenty.

    The rest is history.

    What is beyond doubt is that Howe and his coaching team did a fantastic job saving us from relegation at a canter in his first season and getting us CL last season.

    How many other other managers other than the likes of Pep and Klopp could have done that?

    This nonsense of “you can’t use injuries as an excuse” for this season is just that; nonsense.

    How many do you have to have before you CAN use it an excuse?? We’ve had up to 11 first team squad players out and probably an average of 6/7 practically all season including two – Barnes and Tonali – who were signed to improved the first 11.

    Talk of sacking Howe now is just plain daft – we could be getting rid of a guy who could become one of the best, if not the best, managers in our history.

    Unless we sign a two or three players in the summer who turn out to be world beaters, the best we can realistically hope for with a normal level of injuries next season is 4th-6th and hopefully a cup win.

    Ask Arsenal if listening to the fans who wanted Arteta sacked after a season and a half would have been wise…

    11
  • G

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    The Mackems U21 team playing against our U21’s today has 6 first team players in it? They really are clutching at straws trying to earn bragging rights?

    1
  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Bills Son Is Back

    Well said Bill, most of us can still remember that time when a huge majority of the Man Utd fan base wanted Alex Ferguson sacked, not to mention all the media outlets were running with the story that he was getting sacked if they lost the FA Cup game away to Notts Forest!! ( As they say, be careful what you wish for comes to mind )

    HWTL

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    I think it’s only now that people are realising the huge effect Pope’s injury had. For me it’s not just his sweeping ability but I think that it just done them mentally. They’d put up with so many injuries yet still managed to put in beating displays against Arsenal, Chelsea, Man U, even that last minute pen didn’t seem to faze them. I think the feeling of utter despondency when Pope done his shoulder must have been a collective “this season is cursed” we haven’t been the same since. I don’t think anyone realised at first because of how good Dubs had been in the past and no one thought the gulf in class was that great. It’s clearly had a devastating effect.

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  • G

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets hope Pope recovers fully? It sounds like he’s not going to be back any time soon? Originally they predicted an April return, but from what EH said he may miss the rest of the season?

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  • Saratoga

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    lesh
    Mar 18, 2024 at 12:37 PM
    Comment #533
    Fenham
    @530

    ‘……

    People are entitled to call you out as we see it…..’. We, says it all!

    *************************
    Well spotted I had missed that.
    Who are the WE.
    A cabal, a collective or some sort of sect ?

    Someone else started the debate about Eddie this morning.
    To clarify. All I said was make a decision at the end of the season.
    A decision that shows a strong commitment.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Pep’s words
    Spoke more sense than half the people in here wanting Eddie sacked

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Saratoga,
    They will not be issuing a statement in May informing us that they’ve made a decision on the manager. They will back him with players in the summer. If results don’t improve they will replace him. It is the way football has worked for years.

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  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Raj Jail

    Afternoon mate, no doubt that injury to Nick Pope was massive, and had an unsettling impact on the defence, although in saying that it was not the only issue which has greatly contributed to our downward spiral this season mate.

    HWTL

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #14

    magicmac54,
    The Barnes and Tonali injuries were massive as well. Two players brought in specifically to improve weaknesses from last season.

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  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Charlie in the
    Gallowgate

    Afternoon Charlie, unless i`ve missed something on here recently, i honestly haven`t seen anyone on here looking Eddie Howe sacked mate?

    HWTL

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #16

    magicmac54,
    I think that Arthur Romsdale is a troll.

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  • Adamn_92

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #17

    I think the easiest way to see how the injuries and lack of rotational options (quality options) has effected us, is to just look at the first half of the season and compare it to the second.

    First half, on cloud 9 with huge results against the likes of PSG, 8-0 thumping of Sheffield United, hard fought draw in Milan, beat Arsenal, easily spanked Manure and Chelsea.

    Then around Christmas, the fixture schedule, the injuries, the knackered players…..inidivdual errors started to creep in, which led to heartbreaking results, last minute errors, which only helped to create the perfect cocktail of both physical and mental fatigue, along with confidence and morale taking a huge hit. Results soon followed and we haven’t really been able to fully recover from that ever since.

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  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Raj Jail

    There has been a multitude of things that have conspired against us this season mate, surly we can`t possibly be so dam unfortunate again next season Raj.

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  • Adamn_92

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Even though I think injuries have clearly played a massive part, I genuinely think the confidence and morale has taken a huge hit and effected us the most.

    The way we went out of Europe really took it’s toll on the squad. The PSG robbery, taking the lead against Milan and being in the knockout stages, to then lose that game and be out of Europe althogether. Trippiers individual error putting us out the cup in the last minute (know it went to penalties but you know what I mean).

    When you start getting results like that and then combine it with injuries, you start to think nothing is going right and it’s falling apart. It’s hard even as a top professional to raise your chin and put all that out of your head. Trippier is one of the best pros around and even he started to look like a shell of the player last season.

    Think the teams fight and spirirt has taken an absolute battering this season.

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  • JaveaToon

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Forest drop into bottom 3 after being deducted 4 points.

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  • Hibbit

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #21
  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Raj Jail My reply to post@16 😀 😀 😀

    https://youtu.be/tuW8TaAlBfg?si=4QyaLulULcWa6EP1

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Magic
    There’s a few on here would like him sacked –

    3
  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Hibbit@21

    Thanks very much for sharing that Hibbit mate, much appreciated indeed, and very interesting.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #25

    There’s a few claiming they don’t want him sacked but seem like they won’t be happy until he is.

    2
  • magscar

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Every football club take stock at the end of every season and sometimes during it beit sensibly or overreacting

    Club work a few windows ahead and Eddie is part of those discussions possibly more so than other PL managers

    PIF sign off yes but on the ground it’s the local minority owners who do a lot of the day to day , week to week running and oversight

    They will be expected to look at the season in the round and from first hand knowledge and prepare an assessment of how it went and what has gone wrong

    Everything from recruitment (Tonali) through injuries , training to cup exits and final league position will be considered to assess where responsibility for season (if there is any) lies

    As well as looking back they will look forward at several things including ongoing impact of FFP, whether there is a compatible suitable manager out there, if it is felt much of what happened could have been avoided or mitigated by a different manager

    There are differing views even in our fan base but I expect that this Board that hasn’t put a foot wrong will not have a knee jerk reaction but give full consideration before making a decision in what they see as their and clubs best interests

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  • Fat Basta*d

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #27

    I dont understand the friendly in Australia at all. We play Spurs twice this season whats the appeal? Its not even pre season friendly

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail #25
    Very true and all this crap give him to end of season give him ten games just a smokescreen.

    2
  • Small World

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Re: The Tyneside Irish.

    I had relatives who were part of the Bridage in WW1. FWIW I don’t celebrate St Patricks day. How long does it take to be “English”?

    I’m not a Plastic Paddy, though hats off to those Irish who do (big silly Leprechaun ones) .

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  • JaveaToon

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Sunderland Academy v Newcastle Academy currently 1-3, the human team leading after 68 minutes.

    3
  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Howe will definitely get next season and rightly so. He’s had 18 fantastic months before this season and we started well, just injuries hampered us massively.

    As I’ve said before, I think next season we’ll be flying with a good summer window and players fit again with a point to prove. Even if we lose a key player, I’d back the club to bring in a good replacement.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #32

    “6 minute VAR check denies West Ham a goal. Andy Townsend on @talkSPORT : “What were they looking for? Handball or fingerprints?”
    😀

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  • Macas

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #33

    At this point in time Howe will be here next season, but if we lose 7 or 8 of the remaining games then I can see them looking for someone else.
    There are no other distractions now and only the league to concentrate on so hopefully we will go on a good run.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    TS,
    We looked unbeatable at one stage, there’s no way BD are beating us at home if Isak says on the pitch. It was just relentless.

    1
  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Charlie in the
    Gallowgate

    No worries Charlie, i must have missed that mate.

    HWTL

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail

    Is BD Dortmund? If so, I agree, we were causing them a lot of bother.

    This season has just been so badly interrupted by injuries it’s impossible to judge in any meaningful way. The key I’ve found is not just player fatigue but that our fringe players just don’t have the same style as our key first team (Pope/Dubs a key one, but also Lascelles/Botman with pace, Wilson/Isak for intensity).

    The only similar example I can say is Spurs. They play with a high line and use the fullbacks to add to midfield. When they lost a few key players at the back, they lost something like 6 in 7. Again like us, it was due to the style of players coming in, not necessarily their quality.

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  • onmeedsun

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #37

    99% of fans can see that this season has been a car crash and one that we didn’t directly cause. It has undoubtedly sapped the confidence and belief of fans and players, but we could all see and hear the away support on Saturday. Eddie Howe is going nowhere. What matters now is how we build the confidence back up in readiness for next season.
    There seems to be a groundswell of opinion in the media that ambitious clubs need more financial flexibility to invest in their squads and grow to compete with the cartel. The sooner this happens the better.

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  • onmeedsun

    Mar 18, 2024 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail
    I was at the Dortmund home match. There was a collective sigh of resignation from the whole crowd when Isak came off injured so early on. The game was gone then. Death by a thousand cuts. Need to flush it all out of our systems.

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  • Davas

    Mar 18, 2024 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve said before, but it wouldn’t surprise Mr if it’s still disjointed till the end of the season. Hopefully not but, even though we are getting players back, they have been out for a long time and will/could take a while to get up to speed and possibly get little injuries again. That’s without other injuries/suspensions in the squad (Longstaff, Botman, Barnes). I’m hopeful though, that things will start getting better and we go on a strong run in.

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  • Davas

    Mar 18, 2024 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Mr ? – me

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