Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley hails the impact of ‘extraordinary’ Eddie Howe after they climbed seven points clear of the relegation zone… and claims the team ‘wasn’t FIT’ under his predecessor Steve Bruce
- Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley has failed the impact of Eddie Howe
- Magpies are eight games unbeaten since Christmas and now sit 14th in the table
- Staveley also claimed the teams were unfit under former manager Steve Bruce
Amanda Staveley has praised the impact of Eddie Howe at Newcastle and claims the players he inherited were not fit.
Kieran Tripper has also revealed his new team-mates told him they did not train properly and had too many days off before the manager’s arrival.
Howe replaced Steve Bruce in November with the team winless in 11 matches and 19th in the Premier League.
Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley has failed the impact of Magpies manager Eddie Howe
Staveley collected the North-East Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award on behalf of Allan Saint-Maximin on Sunday
They are now unbeaten in eight games since Christmas, climbing to 14th position and seven points clear of the bottom three with Howe favourite to land February’s Manager of the Month prize.
Staveley was present at the North-East Football Writers’ Association annual awards on Sunday night and addressed the turnaround under Howe.
‘He’s just been extraordinary. You’ve got to remember that when he took over the team wasn’t fit,’ said the co-owner.
‘It really feels now we’ve got proper, decent momentum. But we’ve got a long way to go. We mustn’t take our eye off the ball. We’re very proud of the team and the fans that have been so incredibly supportive.’
Trippier was one of five January signings and had been in excellent form before breaking his foot last month.
The England international has also been talking about the reasons behind the team’s upturn and, as Sportsmail revealed last year, the players were alarmed by the training programme under the previous management.
Kieran Trippier also hailed the impact under Howe, who he has worked with before at Burnley
Howe has guided Newcastle to 14th in the table and seven points clear of the bottom three
‘Some players talked to me maybe about the training. The way you train is the way you play, so if you’re having a lot of days off and you’re not training right, you’re not going to perform,’ Trippier told the True Geordie podcast.
‘With the gaffer now, I’ve worked with him before and I know what he demands in training. He’s tough and you can see that, especially the Leeds game (1-0 win) with the way they play, the way we matched them for fitness and playing style.
‘We’ve seen how the gaffer has tried to implement his style on the team and I think it’s working.’