Eddie Howe reveals first ‘big’ interview with Newcastle United
âIt’s all about the short term and where the team stands,â Howe said at his first press conference. âObviously we have to try to solve this problem very quickly, get in the league and avoid relegation. I will give 100% every day to try to bring success to Newcastle.
However, Howe – who took over from Steve Bruce at St James’s Park – spoke less of him after taking the job at just 43.
Howe spoke about the club’s schedule for the day for his ‘The Big Interview’ article for last weekend’s home game against Brentford, and the former Bournemouth manager made revealing comments as he reflected on his journey as a coach.
An early start
Howe started out young. He moved and took on coaching responsibilities in his late 20s before hanging up his boots at Bournemouth, and he was appointed club manager at the age of 31 in 2009.
Inadvertently, Amersham-born Howe’s motion sickness caused him to think more about the coaching side of the game, with long hours sitting next to then-manager Sean O’Driscoll paying dividends.
“I used to travel sick, sitting in the back of the bus and felt bad,” said Howe, who is isolating himself after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Brentford game, which s ‘is finished 3-3. âRemember that Bournemouth to most of the outside pitches for a coach is four, five, six hours. It’s the day before a game. There have been plenty of times I have was really sick.
“So I asked the manager” can I sit in the front next to you? It doesn’t do me any good. âHe saidâ yes, sure, no problem. âAnd I really enjoyed that!
âI didn’t say that to my teammates at the time. You would stick, of course, but, in fact, we would end up talking about football, as we had set it up the next day, about team selection. He gave me psychology books that he read.
âHe really opened up on a lot of his ways of working and for me it was hugely educational. I preferred to sit in the front rather than the back because I was learning, probably without it. know at the time. “
The man who changes
Howe, by his own admission, is an introvert. But he’s far from being an introvert on the training ground, and he can change his attitude towards players.
âI would say in most situations I’m an introvert,â Howe said. âBut I think I am now able to change my personality when needed. Make no mistake, in the right environment I can laugh and enjoy my life with my friends and family.
âBut the training ground is where I come to life. In the locker room, again, I am able to change my personality to suit the needs of the players. It can be in different ways with the way you do yourself. address people.
âBut you cannot change yourself as a person. I am and always will be the same type of person. “
Clips of Howe working with United players on the training ground quickly went viral after being posted on social media by the club.
Howe was energetic and enthusiastic as he showed players what he expected of them from day one, sprinting in one clip.
âIt’s not a criticism (of what happened before he came) – it’s just a different type of training,â Howe said.
Howe did not arrive at the club alone. He took Jason Tindall, Stephen Purches, Simon Weatherstone and Dan Hodges with him to St James’s Park.
The quartet all worked with Howe at Bournemouth, and his arrival was confirmed late once everything was in place for them to follow him to Tyneside.
Howe had spoken to Celtic this summer, but he couldn’t get all of his old staff to Celtic Park so he didn’t budge.
This time, Howe has managed to reunite the gang – and he thinks they’ll help him work faster.
Asked about the importance of his staff, Howe said: “They are very, very good at their jobs. They know me, we have a relationship and we have a trust, and that trust is absolutely crucial.
“When you go to a new club and you want to get your message across to your players as quickly as possible, if there are five of you, you’re going to get that message across five times faster.”
Dignified and respectful
Howe, of course, is used to the demands of Premier League management, having been in charge of Bournemouth for 190 top-level appearances.
However, Newcastle’s job is even more demanding.
Howe, for his part, is determined to be respectful and maintain his “dignity” as he tries to lead the winless club, which are last in the Premier League with six points in 12 games, away from relegation concerns .
âI understand the demands that are going to come with this job,â Howe said. âI walk in with my eyes wide open. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be times when I’m emotional – I’m sure there will be. I’m a human being.
“But, I think, I learned in my day that you have to go through the hard times, you have to go through them, absorb them, take them, accept the criticism. I think as long as you can keep your dignity, respect and keep working as hard as you can, that’s all you can do. “