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'It wasn't the reason': 'Excellent' Newcastle man says he still would've joined even without PIF takeover
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'It wasn't the reason': 'Excellent' Newcastle man says he still would've joined even without PIF takeover

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe says he still would have taken the managerial job even without the takeover.

Howe did an interview with Toon legend Alan Shearer for the Athletic where he said that the club appealed to him even under Mike Ashley.

He described the funding as a ‘bonus’ and of course he is now at the helm of one of the most ambitious clubs in world football.

But progress has been steady and investment has been prudent under Howe’s stewardship, which Shearer will hope will continue for years to come.

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Howe on the takeover

“I didn’t doubt my ability to affect the players,” he says, “and it really helped knowing Callum Wilson, Matt Ritchie and Ryan Fraser because there was a positive reaction and that gave us a good bit of energy. The rest is then down to your work.

“Every decision you make in football is a gamble, but I didn’t see it like that and I wanted to take on the challenge. It was never one I could turn down. Even though you look at the table and… we knew it was going to be very, very difficult and anticipated it going right down to the wire.

“We’d have taken that, to be honest, going into the last couple of games with a chance of staying up. It was all about the size of the club, the history, the optimism of the supporters in that sense of wanting a style of play, wanting to be entertained. I felt I could try and deliver that.

“The takeover was a bonus for me, in that there was going to be backing, but it wasn’t the reason I took the job. I would have taken the job anyway.”

“Yeah, I’d have taken the job because of the fans and the history and the chance to leave a positive mark at a club that has this incredible stature in the game. I wanted to do something, to affect people in a city which has that image of ‘The Entertainers’ and to try to recapture that.”

Shearer says in the interview that he asked Howe ‘really’ when he said he’d have become Newcastle manager even if there was no change in the regime.

There will be plenty who take that one with a pinch of salt, given how drastically the ambitions of the club have changed since the takeover.

But it is all hypothetical now; the club have been taken over, Howe is in charge and it is now down to him to see how far he can take the club.

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