Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe shares what ‘surprised’ him on his first day at Toon

Eddie Howe has revealed he came across an ‘open book’ when it comes to the Newcastle United squad he inherited 12 months ago.

Speaking to Jake Humphrey on the High Performance Podcast, which is released on Monday, howe described the scene as he took over as boss in 2021 when Newcastle were bottoming in the relegation zone.

In a candid interview, he said he was surprised that the team was open to new methods and that there were no problems in the group.

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howe said High performance “When I arrived I wanted to focus on the positives. The last thing I wanted to do was come here and watch anything negative. What did I find? “J found a really hard working group of players.

“A group of players who really wanted to do well. “A group of players who wanted to be coached, which surprised me. They were talented.”

After inheriting some top senior stars, some of whom had had feuds with previous management, Howe admitted he was glad the team wanted to improve and stuck to his management methods. The former Bournemouth boss said: “Coaching is tricky with experienced players. There were a lot of players from the mid-20s to early 30s.

“You can go two ways with it, be left alone and be allowed to play. Or it’s ‘how can you make me better’. I was so happy it was the last one. It was ‘what can you do?’ you do for me and my career?’ and find an open book.

“A lot of players were like that and it gave us a great starting point to bring our work and bring our methods. And try to improve the team. And I saw a lot of talented players. They were good guys, there were no discipline issues and nothing we couldn’t fix with a few simple rules.”

The full interview will be posted on High Performance Podcast channels on Monday.

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