Jonjo Shelvey has been speaking to NUFC TV about what training is like under Eddie Howe, as Newcastle look to kick on from the Steve Bruce era.
What’s the story?
Well, the £12m man admitted that every Newcastle player has bought into what Howe is trying to do at St James’ Park.
Shelvey also revealed that he’s been going to sleep at 8pm after training sessions at Little Benton, such is the intensity of Howe’s drills.
The 29-year-old said: “Everyone’s bought into what he wants to do. I’d be asleep by 8 o’clock every night because you’re just shattered from training.”
That should be music to the Toon Army’s ears.
Under Bruce, players were given far too many days off, and it’s no surprise that his methods have led to the Magpies going winless in 12 Premier League games this season.
Back in March, the 60-year-old even gave his Newcastle players six days off, despite the fact they were in serious danger of relegation (Daily Mail).
Wake up call for Jonjo Shelvey and Newcastle
It must be strange to have such a passive manager like Bruce, before then going on to have someone as intense and demanding as Howe seems to be.
Nevertheless, the Newcastle squad needs to get to grips with things quickly, as they have already thrown away a third of the Premier League season.
Regardless of how “shattered” they feel after sessions, the players must give it their all and continue to buy into Howe’s methods.
Depending on what type of character they are, it would be very easy for some to complain, and point to how easy life was under Bruce.
Anyone who does so deserves to be ousted by Howe – he needs all hands on deck if the Magpies are to stay in the Premier League this season.