Eddie Howe reveals which Premier League manager inspired his Newcastle United journey

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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Eddie Howe has lauded Pep Guardiola’s “magical” Barcelona side as the most influential in his career.

In the late 2000s and early 2010s, a rookie Spaniard had been thrown into the deep end to take charge of his beloved club. Guardiola had coached Barcelona B and was given the first-team gig ahead of the 2008-09 season. 

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What followed was one of the most dominant eras ever witnessed, with an innovative style making sure Barcelona swept aside all before them. Spearheaded by a young Lionel Messi, the Catalans won a historic treble in Guardiola’s debut season as a manager. 

The novice coach made the bold call to offload Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o, although the latter remained for another season. A proponent of the now revered tiki-taka philosophy, players like Xavi and Andres Iniesta were given the confidence from top players to genuine all-time greats.

Another Champions League triumph against Manchester United - this time at Wembley - followed in 2011 before Guardiola called for a sabbatical the following year. His imprint at Barca laid the foundations for further successes with Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Speaking to DAZN, Newcastle United manager Howe hailed Guardiola’s genius - crowning his Barcelona style as the “best football” ever witnessed. He said: “My love for Spanish football certainly increased around the time Pep was managing Barcelona. For me, that was a magical time for football.

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“Watching his Barcelona team at its peak, I think it is some of the best football I’ve ever seen. Even to this day, I think it’s some of the most beautiful football and the way he managed those players was incredible to see. That definitely inspired me and my management journey.”

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