It is exactly nine months since Newcastle United announced the appointment of Eddie Howe.
It was entirely predictable that instantly the new head coach found himself under attack, from the usual suspects amongst pundits, rival fans and journalists.
‘The guy who got Bournemouth relegated’…rather than the guy who took minnows Bournemouth from the brink of non-league football, through all the divisions, into the Premier League. Then keeping them there, the Cherries in the top tier for five seasons, until very unlucky to be relegated on final day of the 2019/20 season.
The critics were loving it as it predictably took significant time to turn around the ship that had been sinking for some time, due to neglect and incompetence.
However, whilst our enemies enjoyed those very early days of the Eddie Howe reign, since we reached 2022, the silence has become increasingly louder.
How long does it have to be before there is general acceptance that what Eddie Howe has achieved, isn’t a short-term fluke / flash in the pan etc?
After Saturday’s dominant defeat of Nottingham Forest, I came up with a few stats.
Some key / interesting Eddie Howe facts with Newcastle United, so far…
Newcastle United have lost only five of their last twenty one Premier League games.
Newcastle United have lost only one Premier League home match in last nine months.
Newcastle have won eight of their last nine PL matches at St James’ Park.
In only two of their last 21 Premier League games have NUFC conceded more than one goal.
In the last 19 PL matches, if you take out the off days at Spurs and Man City, Newcastle have conceded just nine goals in the other 17 games.
Newcastle have failed to score in only four of their last 21 PL matches and three of those were against the three top clubs last season – Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool.
The last 19 Premier League matches have seen Eddie Howe’s team generate 40 points, an average of 2.11 points per game, an average which would give you 80 points over the course of a full season.
Eddie Howe has now managed Newcastle United over the course of 28 PL games. Howe has only lost to ‘big six’ clubs Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs, plus Leicester and Everton.
At home, NUFC under Eddie Howe have only lost to Liverpool and Man City in the Premier League, these past nine months.
The last 19 Newcastle United PL matches have produced 13 wins, one draw and five defeats.
After arriving in November 2021, by the end of the season Eddie Howe managed to beat every club who finished outside the top seven, with the exception of Watford. Poor defending allowing them to get a last minute equaliser at SJP.