It would be a mistake for Newcastle United to remove Eddie Howe

According to thehardtackle, Eddie Howe is under pressure for the first time since taking over as manager of Newcastle United a little more than two years ago, as the Magpies appear to be on track for mid-table finish. Since Eddie Howe succeeded Steve Bruce in 2021, Newcastle United’s success has been continuous and rising. But things have suddenly turned sour, as a simple glance across social media finds a slew of followers demanding for his resignation after a rocky campaign thus far.

Howe performed an excellent job steering the Magpies to a top-four finish last season, ensuring the North East club qualify for the Champions League ahead of this season. However, his team failed to progress and was eliminated from the European tournament after placing last in their group.

They’ve also had a difficult domestic season, with Howe’s team eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Chelsea shortly after their European elimination. They are now fighting an uphill struggle to even qualify for the Europa Conference League, with Howe’s side lying tenth in the Premier League table following only two victories in their past nine games.

As a result, several spectators have questioned his position at St. James’ Park. So much so that speculations circulate that Newcastle United are seriously considering sacking Eddie Howe. With that in mind, The Hard Tackle considers if it is the correct option to abruptly split ways with the guy who has raised the Geordies’ spirits and brought back so many memories.

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Last season, Newcastle United greatly exceeded expectations.

The irony of all the Howe-sack talk is that Newcastle is paying the price for their incredible overachievement last season with the roster at their disposal, as Eddie Howe performed an outstanding job leading Newcastle United to a League Cup final and a top-four Premier League result. They now have their project ahead of time. This has been a challenging season, and Howe has become a victim of his own success. Everyone expects you to repeat his performance from previous season, if not outperform it.

However, this is a long-term undertaking, and progress will not always be linear. Everything looked to be in position for Newcastle to enjoy a fantastic season last year: fewer injuries and expectations, more training time, and pandemonium in the top six. After so many highs upon arrival, there had to be a decline under Howe and Saudi ownership. That has been the case since the end of 2023, and he is now looking for a means to return to his peak performance. But it was always going to be difficult. It’s been made much more difficult by our injuries.

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