June 17, 2024

He has never placed worse than third in a domestic season.
Newcastle United are apparently serious about replacing Eddie Howe with a “incredible” manager this summer, one who has never placed lower than third in a domestic league season.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle future in doubt

Overall, Howe has done an excellent job at St James’ Park, having taken over a relegation-threatened team and transformed it in dramatic fashion. The Englishman led his team back to the Champions League last season after finishing fourth in the league, but things have been far more difficult this season.

Newcastle are currently 10th in the Premier League table with 10 games remaining, making European qualifying doubtful, and they also departed the Champions League at the group stage, with performances and results that were too flattering to deceive.

As a result, Howe has recently found himself under pressure as the PIF considers whether or not to trade him and locate a big-name successor at the end of the season. Some sources imply that he will continue even if the Magpies fail to qualify for Europe, but it hasn’t stopped possible successors from being connected with the position.

Roberto De Zerbi has been connected with replacing Howe at St James’ Park in the summer, as he continues to impress at Brighton, while Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann has also been mentioned.

Another manager has emerged in the contest to be Newcastle’s next manager, in what might be a significant appointment.

Newcastle seriously interested in “incredible” manager

The pros and cons of Xavi staying for another year at Barcelona - Barca  Blaugranes

 

According to HITC, Newcastle are expressing “genuine and strong” interest in appointing Xavi as their next manager, with the 44-year-old confirmed to leave Barcelona at the conclusion of this season. According to the report, Chelsea is also in the same situation if Mauricio Pochettino decides to leave the club.

Xavi would certainly be an interesting selection for Newcastle, however it appears more probable that Howe will continue in charge for the time being, with the Spaniard a significant figure in the game after achieving legendary status at Barcelona during his playing days.

It is risky to hire a manager who was only a big name as a player, but the former Spain World Cup winner has impressed in his managerial career as well, finishing no lower than third place in six seasons with two different clubs, not to mention winning the La Liga title with Barcelona last season.

Furthermore, former teammate Andres Iniesta praised him as “incredible” earlier this season, particularly in terms of his dedication to the club, and his attacking 4-3-3 system may appeal to Newcastle fans.

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