After a very successful campaign with Newcastle United, you’d think Eddie Howe has nothing to worry about when it comes to security over his job. Well, Rio Ferdinand has tipped Unai Emery to replace Howe.
Granted the ex-Manchester United defender didn’t specify it would be this summer. But, the comments from his YouTube channel ‘Vibe with Five’, implied it would be in the near future. However, Ferdinand spoke very well of the job Howe has done with the Magpies thus far.
“He was very calm, this could have blown up in their faces, but he’s stabilised them. He’ll get moved on and he’ll have a lot of clubs waiting. I reckon they go and get Emery,” he stated.
The ex-Arsenal manager was previously linked with the Toon job when Steve Bruce was sacked. Craig Hope from The Mail and The Times both reported at one point that Newcastle were set to appoint him.
There should be no discussion of Emery replacing Howe
When Eddie Howe took over at Newcastle they were in the bottom three. By the time the season ended he moved the Magpies up to 11th, in what was a tremendous improvement.
Not only were the signings he bought January in great additions to the side, but Howe has got the best out of Newcastle’s current batch of players.
One of the major criticisms of Howe, when he managed Bournemouth, was the defensive aspect of his game.
But since he took charge of the Toon they have become a lot better at the back. There have been some games where Newcastle have been beaten heavily. But, it’s certainly become much less of an occurrence. Over time Howe will definitely tighten up the back four and may get some new recruits to address this further in the coming months.
There’s no doubt he’s an impressive manager and had success in Europe. But the idea of bringing in Emery to replace Howe at the moment is ludicrous.
Furthermore, Ferdinand talking about him being replaced undermines the job he’s done. One of the reasons why PIF may have brought in Howe is because he’s a young manager. He can grow with the club and only get better, much like the club itself. His passion on the final day displayed how invested he is in this Newcastle side, he doesn’t look as if he’ll be gone anytime soon.