The turnaround Eddie Howe has orchestrated at Newcastle United has been nothing short of remarkable.
He has been in the dugout at St James’ Park for just over a year, but has had a transformative impact on the club.
Howe wasn’t the owners’ first choice. They wanted Unai Emery instead. But when the Spaniard turned Newcastle down, Amanda Staveley and co had to go running back to Howe. And it was the best decision they’ve ever made.
This is Howe’s first job since leaving Bournemouth, where his reputation dipped after suffering relegation. And as time went on without him having a job, his reputation suffered further.
The 44-year-old had a lot to prove at Newcastle, and he has certainly done that already. Howe is idolised already on Tyneside, and a recent post on the Premier League’s social media channels shows just how well he has done over the past year.
Premier League tweet showcases Eddie Howe’s heroics at Newcastle
Despite only playing 15 times, there have actually been 16 ‘Matchweeks’ in the Premier League this season. This comes after Matchweek 7 was postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Teams are either a game or two behind where they should be, but that hasn’t stopped the Premier League’s social media channels from comparing this season to last.
They have uploaded two images to Twitter, comparing the Premier League table after Matchweek 16 in 2021 to the Premier League table after Matchweek 16 in 2022.
And it is clear as day how much has changed at Newcastle.
At this stage last season, we were joint bottom of the table on 10 points. We had only just picked up our first win.
Fast forward 12 months and Howe has taken his side to third in the table with 30 points. We’ve got 20 more points than we did at this stage last year and we’ve actually played a game less.
Purely looking at points and league position, there is no clearer image of the impact Howe has had at St James’ Park. And long may it continue.
Not bad for the fella who got Bournemouth relegated…