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Football-Immediate goal is to avoid relegation, says Newcastle boss Howe


Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe said on Wednesday his first goal was to keep the club in the Premier League after their dismal start to the season, adding that his side had to ‘suffer’ and ‘sacrifice’ to stay on their feet. Newcastle are winless and second from the bottom of the league table with five points in 11 games.

Speaking for the first time since taking over from Steve Bruce https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/newcastle-appoint-ex-bournemouth-boss-howe-after-bruce-exit-2021- 11-08 Monday, Howe said: “I’ve had good conversations with the owners but it’s all about the short term. The goal is to stay in the league, that’s my main goal.” Absolutely confident (can avoid relegation), but I’m not making any promises on that. I will give everything to the club. I think we have the capabilities in the team, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work and sacrifice. “

Bruce left the club by mutual consent last month, two weeks after acquiring Newcastle https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/saudi-arabia-led-consortium-completes-newcastle-takeover-2021- 10-07 by a consortium backed by Saudi Arabia. Howe had been unemployed since leaving Bournemouth in August 2020 after the South Coast club were relegated from the Premier League on the last day of the season.

The 43-year-old said time away from the sport has re-energized him and made him a better manager, more in touch with modern play. “I felt I needed to rest, recharge and rehabilitate… I’m more organized now and the way I work is more streamlined,” Howe added.

While stressing that he did not look too far, Howe said he wanted his team to play entertaining football. “I feel I have a good idea of ​​the strengths and weaknesses of the teams … the game still depends on how you engage in one direction or the other, but if you look at my Bournemouth teams have always tried to play on the front foot and courageously attack. football, “he said.

“I want to play football that is entertaining and exciting and I think this is the type of football Newcastle fans want to see.” Howe has confirmed that Jason Tindall, Stephen Purches, Simon Weatherstone and Dan Hodges will make up his backroom team while Graeme Jones, who was named interim boss after Bruce left, will also be on the squad.

The new manager’s first game will be against Brentford in the home league on November 20 after the international break.

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