Jamie Carragher has hailed Eddie Howe for answering his critics at Newcastle United. Sceptics questioned whether the 44-year-old was the right appointment at St James’ Park in November due to his attacking style of play.
Bournemouth’s relegation in 2019-20 was another stick used by many to beat the Toon boss when he arrived on Tyneside six months ago. However, a dramatic U-turn in form since has silenced the doubters.
A stellar second half of the campaign has seen Newcastle propel up the table and finish comfortably clear of the relegation zone. The Magpies were five points adrift when Howe arrived but now sit nine points clear of the bottom three and qualms over relegation diminished months ago.
Sky Sports pundit Carragher believes there is no reason why United cannot challenge for a European spot next year while crediting Howe for the job he has done so far.
He said: “Why can’t they become what Wolves have been this season, where they’re almost challenging the European places? Eddie Howe is being mentioned as the manager of the season and it wasn’t a surprise to me but, let’s be honest, when he got the job it was like ‘I’m not sure, it’s up north, Burnley didn’t work out’.
“It was a big job to take and I think he’s answered some critics and done really well. I expect another big improvement next season. To be fifth in the second half of the season… the biggest difference from a team in Premier League history in the first 18 games to the last 18 games. It is the biggest shift we’ve seen and I’m expecting more next season.”
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