‘They’ll need’ - Eddie Howe given honest sacking verdict at Newcastle United

Eddie Howe could not believe his luck at Old Trafford last nightEddie Howe could not believe his luck at Old Trafford last night
Eddie Howe could not believe his luck at Old Trafford last night
Newcastle United’s season is at risk of failure should they not earn European qualification

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan believes Eddie Howe deserves another season at St James’ Park - but does not expect him to lead Newcastle United to glory.

The Magpies surrendered their grip on the final Europa League spot with a dismal 3-2 defeat to Manchester United. Just one point from two key fixtures has allowed Chelsea to make a late surge up the table.

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Conference League football now appears the most likely outcome - providing Newcastle do not crumble against Brentford this weekend. Howe’s men must match Man United’s result at Brighton and hope they lose the FA Cup final on May 25.

Failing to qualify for Europe will be considered a failure, with CEO Darren Eales outlining that as the aim in January. But ex-Palace chief Jordan has backed Howe to keep his job despite calling for a change further down the line.

“People look at Newcastle and go ‘hang on, you finished fourth last year, this is terrible regression’,” he told talkSPORT. “It was a remarkable standard that they set themselves and very difficult to maintain. 

“They were a thrilling side to watch. You take each season in isolation, they did remarkably well last year. Eddie Howe has earned the right to have another turn of the wheel.

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If Newcastle finish seventh, I think they’ve done ok. Not by the standards they’ve set themselves, but by wage bill and where they are in the evolution curve of the new ownership model.

“Do I think he (Howe) leads them to the promised land? No, I don’t. He will be, what I’ve always said, a part of this journey Newcastle are on. But I don’t think they’ll lead him to the promised land.

“It’s not because I’m criticising or discrediting Eddie. I have an objective view of surely what Newcastle’s ownership wants. To do that (win the Premier League), I think they’ll need a slightly better manager capable of winning things.”

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