According to the Mirror, Eddie Howe has held discussions about being the next Newcastle United manager.
The former Bournemouth boss has been linked with the Magpies for a long time, even before the Saudi-backed takeover.
When the deal went through, Newcastle World stated that Howe was being considered as a Steve Bruce replacement.
Talk of the 43-year-old coming to St James’ Park then went quiet, but the Mirror’s claim has brought him to the attention of Toon fans once again.
Howe would certainly be a popular appointment for TalkSPORT pundit Darren Bent. The former England striker has spoken about Howe this morning, describing him as the ‘perfect’ choice for Newcastle.
“I’m shocked that he’s still out of work to be honest,” Bent said.
“What he did at Bournemouth I thought was remarkable in terms of where he took them. Bottom of League Two, nearly going out of business, all the way to the Premier League. That is fantastic.
“I think short-term, and I think that’s the issue that they’re going to have is that someone like Eddie Howe, I don’t think he’s going to want to be a stepping stone. I think he’s going to want to go there with some guarantees that he’s going to have an amount of time to bring in the players that they wants.
“But I think he would be the perfect kind of stop gap.”
Would Eddie Howe be a good appointment for Newcastle?
Newcastle have been linked with a lot of big names over the past week. So much so that Howe might be considered underwhelming.
His stock has certainly dropped since he first arrived in the Premier League. Back then he was lauded for his attacking football and talked up as a future manager for one of the big clubs.
Then the Cherries started to struggle, eventually being relegated. Howe left the club in the summer of 2020, and hasn’t worked since. He nearly became Celtic boss this summer, but that move collapsed. It’s quite strange that he hasn’t joined another club since his Dean Court exit.
The stepping stone argument from Bent is an interesting one. That’s something that people moving to Newcastle may now have to deal with.
But it doesn’t necessarily have to be a stepping stone. Howe can take Newcastle as far as his talents allow him. The same goes for any player who arrives at St James’ Park.
Describing his as the ‘perfect’ choice might be a stretch, but Howe could be a sensible appointment for the new Newcastle owners.