Eddie Howe pinpoints classy moment from Newcastle United owners that inspired turnaround

The support of Newcastle United’s owners during the lowest point of the season helped inspire the remarkable upturn in form.

Eddie Howe paid tribute to Newcastle United’s owners after Monday night’s win against Arsenal.

The Magpies, mathematically safe from Premier League relegation, ended their home campaign on a massive high, with an incredible St James’ Park atmosphere inspiring a 2-0 victory.

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At full-time, Howe, his staff and players embarked on a lap of honour as a sell-out home crowd stayed to applaud their team’s remarkable efforts this season.

On the pitch, Howe & Co were also joined by co-owners Amanda Staveley, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Jamie Reuben and newly appointed director Majer Al Souror.

Howe shared an embrace with Staveley and Ghodoussi, though when asked what they said to him, the 45-year-old said: “I couldn’t actually hear, the noise made it difficult to hear anything!

“It was just encouraging words from everyone because we are all in a very good place and very happy.”

Howe then paid tribute to United’s owners, citing their support after the shock FA Cup exit to Cambridge United and the 1-1 home draw with Watford as an “important” moments in the season.

In 2022, only Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have recorded more points than United’s 35, which ultimately, has kept the club in the Premier League when it didn’t at all look likely.

Howe added: “They care. They care deeply. They care about the players. They care about the staff. They want to be involved, they want to be seen. They want to be actively helping. I think they were that way from the start.

“One of my abiding memories was after Cambridge. They came in to see me and the staff. That was a low moment for us but it meant a lot for us to see them come in and say ‘come on, we go again’.

“The week after, it was Watford. They supported us again, and, I think, when you look back after a successful period, you look back at those moments and go ‘that was so important’.

“A big thank you to them.”