Eddie Howe insists he is planning for the long term at Newcastle after swatting aside claims that Jose Mourinho could replace him as the Magpies boss this summer.
The former Bournemouth manager has done a stellar job during his short stint in charge. Taking over from Steve Bruce in November, he inherited a Newcastle side trapped in the relegation zone and in serious jeopardy of going down. The somewhat surprise choice of their Saudi billionaires, he has led a major resurgence on Tyneside.
Having brought in five players during the January window, some will argue that Howe has bought his way out of trouble. And while that is true to a certain degree, he has spent his money wisely and brought in players perfect for Newcastle’s situation.
Of course, over the long term, his masters, PIF, have amibitious plans to take Newcastle forward. Indeed, our exclusive reveals seven players are up for sale this summer as the Magpies bid to push into the upper echelons of the Premier League.
However, whether Howe is there to oversee that transformation was called into question this week. That’s after a report suggested the club are making plans to bring in Mourinho as his replacement.
The two-times Champions League winning coach is well known for following the money and spending big. As such, many feel he would be the perfect fit to take Newcastle forward.
And he would certainly fit PIF’s criteria as they look to raise their profile and appeal to potential signings.
Howe, however, insists he is planning to be Newcastle boss for the long term. He wants to take Newcastle to the very top as part of a five to eight project.
And responding directly to the rumours of Mourinho, Howe has a very firm message.
“People are going to get linked with the job. I have no issue with that. People talk. All I can do while I am here is do my best every day,” he stated.
Jose Mourinho claims laughed off
When asked if Mourinho is in line to replace him, he laughed: “Well, I hope not!”
Howe splashed £94m on signings in January and many are expecting the club to go big again this summer.
Branded ‘the richest club in the world’ – you can see their worth here – Howe insists their summer spending will not reflect that tag.
“For those people that think it’s a vast sum of money, well, it’s wrong,” he said of their summer warchest.
“The vision is a long-term vision. It’s not the next two or three years – it’s I believe the next five-to-eight years. Not overnight, no.
“There has to be realistic expectations on what we can spend. Our income at the moment as a club isn’t as big as we want it to be in the future. That impacts our ability to spend.
“It doesn’t mean we can’t improve the squad, but it’ll have to be bit by bit. It can’t be an overnight thing. That’s due to the fact we need to expand revenue streams.
“I’ve always had the mindset that you’ve got to be creative and not moan or whinge at what you’re given. I’ve always had the mindset of getting the best out of what we have. We want to find a way to be successful with it.
“It’s difficult for me to speak on their behalf of anyone else but I think there are big ambitions. But those ambitions are in the future. And I think where the lines seem to get blurred a little bit sometimes. We do, of course, want success as quickly as possible.”
Eddie Howe is perfect for Newcastle
Howe, who is being linked with a move for PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare, concluded: “I’m managing Newcastle United and it’s an incredible experience.”
Newcastle would be mad to consider replacing Howe at this moment in time. Not only does he speak very well, he fits in perfectly with the club’s ethos of building slowly and steadily.
We may live in a ‘I want it right now’ culture, but Howe is wise enough to realise that expansion takes time. Would Newcastle get the same patience with Jose Mourinho at the helm?
Eddie Howe OUT, Jose Mourinho IN at Newcastle???
Eddie Howe is reportedly to be replaced as Newcastle manager by Jose Mourinho currently at Roma
As such, Howe fully deserves his chance to take Newcastle forward into the next phase.
They have collected an impressive 11 wins from 17 games under his leadership. And anyone who witnessed Monday night’s defeat of Arsenal will see exactly how his players are buying into his vision.
Newcastle may not be challenging the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool just yet. But next season you would not bet against them making a top-half finish and potentially even threatening the top seven.