Eddie Howe Newcastle Specials: Selected Bets For New Magpies Boss
Author: Dean Carr
Last Updated: 10th March 2023
Newcastle United’s search for Steve Bruce’s replacement has finally come to an end after they confirmed the appointment of Eddie Howe on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The 43-year-old is now back in football after leaving Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League in August 2020, having also rejected the opportunity to become Celtic manager earlier this year.
Howe is considered to be one of the most exciting young British managers in the game despite the Cherries’ recent relegation to the Championship, having overseen their rise from League Two into the top flight of English football either side of a stint at Burnley.
However, Newcastle is a totally different kettle of fish, particularly in the aftermath of their Saudi takeover. That has lent itself to even greater pressure than usual at St. James’ Park due to the looming threat of relegation.
Newcastle are currently sat 19th in the Premier League table on five points after 11 matches played and have the second-worst defensive record in the division too. Relegation to the Championship would put a halt to what looks set to be one of the most lucrative projects in world football.
The newly-found wealth already has rumours circulating over what January transfers will be made with players from every corner of the globe being linked with a move to the north east of England. Howe does inherit a squad with which he will be familiar with a number of players including Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie, all of whom thrived under his management at Bournemouth.
Paddy Power are already offering manager specials associated with Howe’s time at Newcastle, the most notable of which we have featured within this article.
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Eddie Howe Specials
One of the most eye-catching was the market for Howe to not be the Newcastle manager come the start of the 2022/23 season, which is priced at 6/5. Clearly there is the feeling that this could well be a short-term appointment and links to the likelihood that Newcastle will be relegated this term, which is currently priced at 10/11.
If you’re of that mindset then there is the opportunity to back Newcastle to be relegated and Eddie Howe to leave the club before the end of 2021/22 EPL season at 11/4. Known as a manager who likes his teams to play an expansive style of football, this isn’t a squad that looks as if it would suit that style on paper and that makes the January transfer window all the more important.
Speaking of the transfer window, Paddy Power are also offering odds on some of Howe’s former Bournemouth players to sign for Newcastle before February 3rd 2022. That includes Manchester City defender Nathan Ake (7/2), Cherries’ captain Steve Cook (20/1) and striker Dominic Solanke (9/1).
If you are an optimist, then the price of 9/1 for Newcastle to go unbeaten in each of their next five Premier League games could be extremely tempting. The Geordies take on Brentford (H), Arsenal (A), Norwich City (H), Burnley (H) and Leicester City (A) in their next five league matches and will hope to benefit from the famous new manager bounce. Newcastle to win their next five Premier League games is available at 150/1.
You can go even further and back Newcastle to go unbeaten in each of their next 10 Premier League matches at 250/1. This does look somewhat far fetched given that they face the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United during that time.
Newcastle haven’t won a major trophy since winning the FA Cup in 1955, but you can back Eddie Howe to win any major trophy as Newcastle manager before December 31st 2025 at 7/2. The odds of him winning two or more trophies before December 31st 2025 is currently 9/1.
Whichever way you believe Howe’s tenure at Newcastle will go, there is a market available that will cover that possibility.
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