Steven Gerrard was linked with the Newcastle United job (The Times) before PIF eventually appointed Eddie Howe. At the time, some questioned the decision to go for Howe over the former England and Liverpool captain.
Not long after the ex-Bournemouth boss was named the Toon manager, Gerrard was appointed the manager of Aston Villa. There was a lot of excitement to see the former midfielder take on his first Premier League job.
However, Newcastle clearly made the right appointment with Howe. They currently sit in 9th place and have picked up 32 points in 2022 so far. Meanwhile, Gerrard and Villa sit in 15th place. They’ve only picked up 15 points in 2022 so far.
Howe has managed to bring some consistency at Newcastle, Gerrard hasn’t done that at Villa
Newcastle have looked like an absolute force in 2022 and even went on a nine-game unbeaten run. Eddie Howe’s side has only lost three times this whole calendar year.
Meanwhile, Villa have really struggled to find any consistency. Aside from three straight wins from late February to mid-March, Gerrard’s found it hard to find consistency. This has led to them slipping down the league table, where the likes of Newcastle and Brentford have overtaken them.
Howe’s new style of play has really benefitted his Newcastle side. They now play more on the front foot and the midfield and attack’s average position is much higher up the pitch than before.
So whilst the signings of the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes and Dan Burn have all helped. The tactics Howe has implanted into his Magpies squad also benefit the players he already had.
Furthermore, Gerrard getting Coutinho on loan has proven to be an effective deal. They also signed Lucas Digne from Everton who was linked with Newcastle. But reports state the Frenchman wasn’t sure about a move to Tyneside (The Telegraph) and opted to move to Villa.
It’s been an underwhelming stint thus far for Digne. He’s not justifying the money paid for him and Newcastle will definitely feel they’ve dodged a bullet.
This allowed Matt Targett to join the Toon on loan from Villa. He’s been extremely consistent since his arrival and some fans will question why Gerrard ever let him go.
So ultimately Howe was the right appointment. His style of play and recruitment has transformed Newcastle. He’s been a big factor in how the Magpies have climbed the league table. Had Gerrard been appointed instead, I highly doubt the outcome would’ve been similar.