'I remember once': Ex-Newcastle boss shares the brilliant Eddie Howe tactic that even he copied
Steve McClaren has delivered his verdict on Newcastle United appointing Eddie Howe as the club’s new manager.
The new Newcastle owners took their time in appointing a new boss following Steve Bruce’s exit. A number of people were linked including Unai Emery, who looked like he would be the one who would take charge of the club.
However, the Spaniard decided against the job and Howe was next on the list. He was offered the role and the Englishman didn’t take long to accept it. The fate of the club’s fortunes this season is in his hands now.
McClaren only had good things to say about Howe. The ex-Newcastle boss even revealed that he copied a brilliant tactic that the 43-year-old employed when he was at the helm at Bournemouth a few years ago.
Steve McClaren: I copied a brilliant Eddie Howe tactic
He said on The McClaren Performance podcast: “I remember once he (Howe) was taking goal kicks and he was putting all of his players at one side of the field, say the left-hand side, but he left his right-winger really isolated out on his own and every opponent left the right-winger one-v-one.
“What the goalkeeper did was he pretended to kick to the left and, in the last seconds, changed his mind and kicked it to the right, one on one, over the full-back and relied on the speed of the right-winger to create opportunities for them.
“I’ve always remembered that and I’ve used the tactic since.
“I’ve always admired him, I’ve always thought he was forward-thinking, but I’ve always liked his calmness and he’ll need this calmness going into this football job (at Newcastle).”
Can Howe use the same tactic at Newcastle?
Howe’s tactic is a really clever one but teams will pick up on it soon if he keeps using it. However, if he finds a way to employ that at Newcastle, he arguably has the best player in the league for the role.
There are very few players as good as Allan Saint-Maximin in one-v-one situations. The Frenchman is a nightmare for a defender to play against and if Howe finds a way to give him the space he needs, Newcastle could cause some serious damage to their opponents.
It will be interesting to see how Howe sets his side up when Brentford come to town this weekend. The Bees aren’t an easy side to beat, but St James’ park will be rocking and that could give the Magpies the push they need to get their first win of the season.
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