Eddie Howe is reportedly the new favourite to become Newcastle United manager.
After Unai Emery turned down a move to St James’ Park, the Telegraph have reported that Newcastle will now move on to the former Bournemouth boss.
Howe was named as one of the two leading candidates on Tuesday, but he was behind Emery in the race. Now the Spaniard has ruled himself out, leaving Newcastle’s plans in disarray.
The Emery collapse looks like it will open the door for Howe, but it will also put him in a tricky position.
Eddie Howe will already be under pressure at Newcastle
If Newcastle had appointed Howe six months ago, he would have been welcomed with open arms.
If they had appointed him after the takeover, there would have been reservations amid our newfound wealth, but most fans would likely support the decision.
But Howe now finds himself in a position where he’s not the one fans want. Most had their heart set on Emery, and were excited about his seemingly inevitable arrival at St James’ Park.
Now Emery won’t be coming, and a move for Howe suddenly feels like a step down.
When you compare the two, it’s easy to see why. One was last seen suffering relegation from the Premier League, the other is a four-time Europa League winner.
On top of that, Howe could arrive at Newcastle knowing he wasn’t the owners’ first choice either. He’ll know fine well that they’re only moving for him because they couldn’t get Emery.
Immediately after arriving, Howe will need to prove to supporters that he is up to the task, because there are a lot of doubters. And he will also need to prove something to the owners. He’ll need to show them that they were wrong and that he should have been first choice all along.
Of course, there is still a possibility that they appoint someone else.
The Newcastle United manager situation is turning into a saga – a saga that isn’t benefitting anyone.