Former Premier League striker Peter Crouch has given his reasoning as to why Unai Emery might’ve turned down the Newcastle United job. The ex-Arsenal boss with linked with the post before Eddie Howe was appointed.
However, he decided to stay with Villarreal. It’s paid off as his side plays Liverpool tonight in a Champions League semi-final. In a preview for the Liverpool vs Villarreal clash, Crouch discussed Emery and why he may have said no to Newcastle. He thought that because at times his accent was mocked by some fans that a move back to England wasn’t what he wanted.
In a piece for the Daily Mail, the ex-Liverpool forward wrote: “Newcastle United wanted him, remember. He turned that down and you wonder whether part of the decision came from some bad memories of managing in England.”
Emery would’ve been an exciting appointment, but Eddie Howe has done a fantastic job
Whether Crouch’s comments are completely correct or not, Emery would’ve excited some fans. It would’ve been a big statement getting in a manager who has won trophies across Europe.
However, this didn’t happen, but Howe has done a fantastic job instead. He’s taken Newcastle from being in the bottom three to 9th in the league.
Howe’s implementation of a new style which sees his side play more on the front foot has worked wonders. The squad he inherited and the players he’s bought have improved the team drastically.
He was welcomed with open arms on Tyneside, but no one would’ve expected Howe to have done this well. He’s a manager that can definitely grow with the club. He spent a couple of years out of the game after managing Bournemouth to improve his craft. Clearly it’s worked well for him thus far.
Following the Liverpool vs Villarreal game, the Toon face the Reds at St James’ Park. So Howe will be hoping Emery and his side can perhaps cause some psychological damage.
The Yellow Submarine are certainly the underdogs heading into the clash, much like the Magpies will be when they face Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday.
It will likely remain a what-if for Emery and Newcastle. But with the job Eddie Howe has done, some Newcastle fans won’t lose any sleep over it.