Pundit Frank McAvennie has been left hailing some news that he has now heard from Newcastle United on Eddie Howe.
The Lowdown: New deal?
As per The Daily Mail, the St. James’ Park faithful are now set to open talks talks with Howe over a new deal.
He only has two years left on the contract that he signed when he took over in the North East, and having guided them to safety in the Premier League, he is set to be rewarded with a new one.
The Latest: McAvennie reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie has now given his reaction to the news, with the 62-year-old claiming that it is ‘brilliant’ for both Howe and the Tynesiders:
“Eddie took a chance on Newcastle, he really believes in his own ability.
“I didn’t see this happening, how good Newcastle have been. I thought he would keep them up but I didn’t see them maybe finishing in the top 10.
“The work he has done is nothing short of miraculous. It’s why he’s been nominated for manager of the year.
“I’m not sure the fans were completely sold on him when he came in, maybe the owners weren’t either.
“A new deal would say ‘he is our guy for the future’. It would be a statement.
“It’s brilliant news for him personally as well, it’s deserved.”
Where will Newcastle finish in the Premier League?
7th - 10th
The Verdict: Deserved
Howe’s new contract is thoroughly deserved, having guided Newcastle to safety with a few games to spare.
When he took over from Steve Bruce in November, the Magpies were 19th in the table and five points away from safety (BBC), and the 44-year-old has since managed to steer them well clear of the relegation zone.
Howe has been shortlisted for Manager of the Year as a result, despite not being at the Toon from the start of the season, so giving him a new contract is the least that the board can do after the job that he has done.
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