The Newcastle United dressing room moment that Eddie Howe ‘ideally’ didn’t want fans to see

Dressing room photos have been symbolic to Newcastle United’s success this season under Eddie Howe.

Newcastle United’s full-time dressing room photos have been a theme of the renaissance under head coach Eddie Howe.

In all of the Magpies’ 10 Premier League wins this campaign, Howe, his backroom staff, players and on Wednesday night, owners, have posed for photos - then published to the club’s social media platforms.

It’s a tradition that Howe has brought with him from AFC Bournemouth - although it didn’t get anywhere near as much traction - as a symbol of unity, spirit and togetherness.

Supporters too, have absolutely loved it. In many ways, it’s become part of the fabric after winning games, adding to the buzz of their club’s incredible turnaround.

Since the turn of the year, only title-chasing Liverpool have picked up more points than United, who have surged away from relegation trouble and onto 40 points to currently 11th in the table.

However, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Norwich City, where the Magpies could move into the top 10 with three points, Howe revealed releasing the dressing pictures into the media was never planned.

In fact, he “ideally” wished it hadn’t been, as he explained: “We haven’t decided to publish them, they’ve just found their way into the mainstream media, which is something, ideally, from my side, wouldn’t happen.

“It’s something we did a long time ago to try and enjoy winning a little more because of sometimes the pressure the players are under. It’s nice to have that moment to keep.

“When you look at things to come when your old and grey or a different part of our lives, you shot snap that moment and it’ll trigger memories.

“We’ve done it for a long, long time, it’s just now getting more publicity. It’s not really something I wanted to get out but of course, it has.

“We’re not doing it for any other reason than our players. If people like it, great. If they don’t, it’s for us really.”

Following the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in midweek, Howe & Co were joined by non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and co-owners Amanda Shelvey, Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben.

Ghodoussi tweeted: “What can I say……40 pts….so proud of this team, of this club, of this city!! We are one and we are nothing without each other!!

“Let’s keep this going, our journey is just beginning !! @NUFC @premierleague #nufc @jamiereuben @PIF_en“.