Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has admitted that he is not convinced by Newcastle United managerial candidate Eddie Howe.
The Magpies are looking for a fresh face to lead the side moving forwards after sacking Steve Bruce yesterday.
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Plenty of names have been mentioned as potential replacements for Bruce, but it was reported earlier this week that Newcastle have narrowed down their options to three.
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is believed to be in the mix, along with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.
Howe is the other coach who Newcastle are understood to be considering. The 43-year-old has not been in the dugout since leaving Bournemouth in August 2020.
What has Bridge said about Howe?
Bridge is not one of Howe’s biggest admirers, and has suggested that the Englishman received unwarranted credit at times when compared with his top-flight counterparts.
Speaking about managers being linked with the St James’ Park job, Bridge told GIVEMESPORT: “I’ve seen Eddie Howe mentioned. I’m not a massive Eddie Howe fan, I’m going to be completely honest with you.
“I think he had a lot more money to spend at Bournemouth than people let on. He has this massive reputation, whereas Sean Dyche never gets mentioned for certain jobs.”
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Of the leading names in with a chance of landing the role, Howe is the only manager with Premier League experience, which could work in his favour.
It should also be noted that he did keep Bournemouth in England’s top division for five years, which is an achievement to be proud of.
Still, the South Coast club did end up getting relegated with Howe in charge, and their defensive record was always a concern during his reign. In the season that they finished in the bottom three, Bournemouth conceded 65 goals, ultimately costing them their place in the Premier League.
Newcastle’s backline also seems to be their main issue right now, with the team having shipped 19 goals in eight league fixtures this term. In order to stay up, they will need to tighten up at the back, and Howe’s track record suggests he may struggle to fix this particular problem.
Bridge has also highlighted how he is not sure that Howe spent his money wisely at Bournemouth. This could worry Newcastle’s hierarchy, as the next manager is likely to be given a significant transfer budget in January, and they cannot afford to waste that if they want to keep Newcastle above the relegation zone.
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