Darren Bent has claimed that he is ‘shocked’ that Eddie How is out-of-work because he would be ‘perfect’ for Newcastle United, as he told talkSPORT 19/10/21 at 7:45 am)
It has been over 12 months since Howe has been without a managerial job, when his Bournemouth side were relegated from the Premier League.
The Englishman had the chance to guide them back up from the Championship, but he decided to part ways with a club he served so well.
From being in near financial ruin in League Two, Howe took Bournemouth on a journey that not many fans will experience.
They were on the brink of entering administration, but Howe played a huge part in picking the South Coast club from its knees and somehow guiding them to the promised land.
Former Sunderland striker Bent shared why Howe is ‘perfect’ for the Magpies in their current situation.
“I think he is one of the perfect candidates,” said Bent. “I am shocked he is still out of work. What he did at Bournemouth was remarkable, in terms of where he took them. Bottom of League Two, nearly going out of business and to the Premier League.
“I think short-term, that’s the issue they are going to have. Eddie Howe isn’t going to be a stepping stone. He is going to want guarantees that he is going to have an amount of time there to bring in the players they want.
“He will be the perfect stop-gap, in terms of you can’t go and sign the big players. People are getting carried away. They are in a relegation battle. He will be perfect for that. I really like Eddie Howe.”
If Newcastle, who sacked Steve Bruce on Wednesday morning, do turn to Howe then they will push for a manager who knows a number of the current players in the St James’ Park dressing room.
Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson thrived under Howe’s colours at Bournemouth and they were part of that incredible journey that saw them reach the promised land.
Given the money Newcastle’s new Saudi-led owners can put on the table, they will feel that they can attract bigger names and someone who they probably couldn’t have lured towards their direction before.
But the problem facing Newcastle is that their current situation – winless and sitting in the relegation zone – isn’t exactly something a higher-profile manager than Howe would want to take, so maybe, he might just be a realistic option.