There is no question that Newcastle’s appointment of Eddie Howe in November is the most significant difference that has turned the club from being relegated to 9th in the standings. NUFC Midfielder Sean Longstaff has seen the change first hand and stated how he thinks Howe has changed the club.
In an interview with Chronicle Live, Longstaff credited the staff for the turnaround
"It’s something that reflects what is happening behind the scenes, a new manager coming in, his staff, hours and hours of work. Little extra bits have given me confidence in training.”
The turnaround is crazy when looking at the uphill battle Howe has achieved. When Howe took over Newcastle, they were in 19th place, tied for the bottom of the barrel with Norwich on five points. FiveThirtyEight gave the club a 62% chance of being relegated when Howe took the reins. For context, Everton was only given an 8% chance of relegation. By April 20th, Newcastle is now guaranteed to stay up, and has fans dreaming of going after a Europa League spot next season.
United is on a four-game winning streak, giving everyone around the club energy that hasn’t been felt in quite a while. Said Longstaff:
“The dressing room is buzzing, it is crazy what can happen when the ownership, players, staff, and fans are together. It can be a pretty powerful thing, and we’re showing that at the minute.”
The buzz around the club is something that might not be just from fans but from outside players as well. Allan-Saint Maximin talked to Sky Sports earlier this week, saying, “it’s really exciting, I think every player in the world can really want to be part of this team.” That is not a statement that would have been uttered before the November appointment of Howe.
️ "Every player in the world can really want to be part of this team."— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 25, 2022
Allan Saint-Maximin believes Newcastle can attract world-class talent this summer. pic.twitter.com/ZTLGZgtqy0
The former Bournemouth player and manager have used his familiarity with the likes of Callum Wilson, Matt Richie, and Ryan Fraser to get the best out of them. He has helped turn Joelinton into the most improved player in the entire league, is getting tremendous performances out of Joe Willock, and took a chance and found success with players like Dan Burn.
With exceptional players like Bruno Guimarães, Allan-Saint Maximin, Kieran Trippier, a treasure chest of money to spend in the summer, and a manager who is changing the club's culture and structure, it is a great time to be a part of the Toon Army.