Eddie Howe let out an almighty roar after Newcastle United beat Burnley yesterday.
It was a nothing game for the Magpies, who didn’t really have much to play for. Yes, they could finish higher up the table, but the main objective of Premier League survival had already been achieved.
But Howe’s side were professional at Turf Moor, winning 2-1 thanks to a Callum Wilson brace. The result relegated Burnley to the Championship, who received a message of commiserations from Toon co-owner Jamie Reuben.
While it was heartache for the Clarets, it was ecstasy for the travelling Toon Army. Three more points to end the season lifted the Magpies to the dizzy heights of 11th. We could have been in the top half had results gone our way.
That’s nothing to be down about though, as Newcastle ended a remarkable season on high note.
Eddie Howe shouted two-word message to Toon fans at full time
After the game, the Newcastle players and staff celebrated in front of the away end. They were backed by a sold out crowd once again, with away tickets becoming gold dust over the past few months.
The travelling support was in fine voice once again, and sounded their appreciation as the players headed over one final time this season.
And the players and staff responded. According to the Athletic, Howe passionately shouted ‘come on’. It was a release of emotion from the manager, who has often stayed cool under pressure since his arrival.
He doesn’t get too high, nor does he get too low. Howe has came into Newcastle and done a remarkable job.
But that release of emotion is the end of the first chapter. It’s job done. He came in to keep us in the Premier League, first and foremost. He’s done that with ease, with the Magpies finishing 14 points clear of the drop.
Howe has been in charge of 27 Newcastle games and won 44 points. He’s kept us up on his own, even without the points collected by Steve Bruce and Graeme Jones.
Newcastle ended the season in style, with the injury to Joelinton being the only sour note. But now preparations for the 2022/23 campaign will begin. Howe will be level headed and calm once again, after his final day outpouring of joy.
Up the Premier League we go…