An update has emerged on out-of-work manager Eddie Howe, regarding a potential move to join Newcastle United.
According to Football Insider, talks are at an advanced stage and the Magpies are confident of being able to strike a deal with the coach.
The report claims that he could be in charge for the clash with Brighton on Saturday in the Premier League, should the move go through in time.
This has come amid a statement from Unai Emery reaffirming his loyalty to Villarreal and Newcastle fans will surely be livid with the man they have picked as an alternative option to the Spaniard, who was said to be close to joining the club.
PIF have reportedly gone from a coach with four Europa League trophies to his name to one with a Championship title as his only success in terms of silverware. Whilst Emery has never led a team to finish in the bottom half at the top level, Howe only has one top-half finish in his career in the Premier League.
The former Cherries boss won the second-tier title with Bournemouth and then kept them in the top-flight for four seasons, finishing 16th, 9th, 12th and 14th. His final year on the south coast was a disappointment, though, as they finished 18th and were sent back down to the Championship with 34 points.
Last season, Newcastle averaged 1.18 points per game in the Premier League with Steve Bruce in charge. Howe only managed to better that in one of his five top-flight campaigns, averaging 1.21 points per game in the 2016/17 season as Bournemouth finished ninth. Emery, meanwhile, has never completed a season averaging fewer than 1.37 points per game.
This illustrates why Newcastle fans will be livid with the decision to go with Howe, should these advanced talks end up with him becoming the full-time manager at St. James’ Park. His career statistics do not suggest that he will be much of an upgrade on Bruce in terms of results, whilst he comes nowhere close to Emery’s achievements in the game.
Therefore, the supporters may struggle to get excited by the prospect of him taking over. Instead of a proven, trophy-winning, head coach in Emery, the Magpies could be getting a manager who was relegated in his last season in football and has little experience managing a team in the top half of the Premier League.