Eddie Howe has been warned that the Newcastle United owners won’t hesitate in sacking him if the club doesn’t continue to progress.
Since taking the Newcastle job back in November 2021, Howe has done a fantastic job. He took over the squad while they were in the relegation zone and quickly led them up the table.
In his first full season, he managed to deliver Champions League football and now the club is looking to solidify itself as one of England’s top clubs.
Newcastle made some clever signings in the summer too picking up the likes of Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes, Tino Livramento and Lewis Hall.
However, despite the new talent arriving, Newcastle have struggled to get going this season. The fixture list hasn’t been kind to them and they have lost three of their opening four matches.
Gabby Agbonlahor still thinks that Howe is the right man to lead Newcastle forward, but he has sent a warning message to the 45-year-old.
“I think Howe has got what it takes to keep them in the top four and win titles,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“But these owners at Newcastle won’t hang around if it doesn’t look like he’s doing it. If Newcastle can’t get out of this slump, win soon and also have a good start to the Champions League – nothing can stop them looking at making a change.
“He’ll get them to wake up, I’m sure. They want to be the next Man City, winning leagues and Champions Leagues. They aren’t here to be patient and wait seven or eight years to fight for that.”
While Newcastle only have three points to show from their opening four fixtures, they have had to play some tough sides. Playing the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Brighton in quick succession was never going to be easy.
Newcastle were well beaten by Brighton, but Howe will surely have the backing of the board to turn things around and get them back up the table.
After the international break, the Premier League fixture list does start to ease up for Newcastle, although their Champions League campaign will soon begin.
Howe’s side also drew the short straw with their Champions League group as they will face PSG, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund in what already looks like the group of death.