It is now official: Newcastle members have swept the field and won all awards handed by the Premier League for the month of October after Eddie Howe got named Manager of the Month earlier this week.
The last three months have been a dream come true for Newcastle and their fans, but the month of October was definitely a four-week period of maximum excellence for Howe’s lads.
Starting on Oct. 1st against Fulham (4-1 win) and ending on Oct. 29th against Aston Villa (4-0 victory), Newcastle coasted through Premier League matchdays on a weekly basis earning 16 of a possible 18 total points in the six games the Magpies played in October.
Only a goalless draw against Man Utd prevented Newcastle from going truly perfect last month.
Even then, though, Newcastle finished October with gaudy numbers: six games, 16 points, 16 goals for, and just three goals against—including two clean sheets in a couple of those six matches.
From a Premier League-wide angle, things looked even better for the Magpies: they earned the most points through the 31-day period (Arsenal finished second with 13), finished with the largest goal difference (+13; no other team reached double figures), won at least two games both at home and away (no other team did).
If this is not the best month from a single squad in the history of the Premier League, then it must have been the closest thing to it—even more considering Newcastle played six games in those four weeks (with two days to spare).
It is a shame international teams don’t actually call up their managers for international tournaments because Gareth Southgate would be sitting at home with Eddie Howe and his ticket for Qatar very well punched on his way to the World Cup. Just imagine.
Good for the Toon Army, though, as Howe is going nowhere nor plans to do so any time soon.
Howe shared some words of wisdom speaking to Sky Sports on Friday:
“For me, really the award is for the team—the team of staff and the team of players. I’m delighted to collect that for them.”
Enjoy this man while this dream period lasts... which might actually be forever!