What Newcastle United supporters can expect from new manager Eddie Howe in terms of tactics and transfer targets

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What Newcastle United fans can expect from new manager Eddie Howe in terms of tactics and transfer targets

Newcastle may be stuck in the relegation zone for some time due to a dreadful fixture list, so January business will be crucial.

Howe is the epitome of the modern manager, who would look equally at home at the helm of a PR firm as he would in the dugout. Laid-back, brains rather than brawn, a tactics-board botherer rather than tea-cup chucker, Howe is the epitome of the modern manager who would look just as at home at the helm of a PR firm as he would in the dugout.

Fans accustomed to Kevin Keegan’s heart-on-sleeve heroics may take some time to warm to the 43-year-old, but his famously forensic approach means that no stone will be left unturned in the new man’s efforts to secure his long-term future in the post by accumulating enough points to avoid another unwanted spell in the Championship.

The traditional 4-4-2 system that brought him so much success at Bournemouth will almost certainly be tweaked to fit the personnel he has available before January.

During his 15 months away from management, Howe spent time assessing the methods used by many of his high-profile peers, and will have learned a lot from the likes of Rayo Vallecano’s Andoni Iraola and Atletico Madrid’s flamboyant Argentine Diego Simeone, with whom he shares much in terms of tactics, if not his touchline conduct.

Given that Howe will be putting in two more training sessions per week than Bruce, it’s a safe bet that none of Newcastle’s largely under-worked players will see the change in management as a positive.

Most of the players who sat on the bench under Bruce did so for a reason, with a lack of depth making it difficult to predict who would step up in the new regime.

Martin Dubravka’s return to goal after a long layoff is a foregone conclusion, regardless of who is in charge.

The pessimistic attitude of Newcastle.

Bruce was rightly chastised for setting up his team in an overly defensive manner, but it was a tactic used by his predecessor Rafa Benitez as well – the Spaniard was just better at orchestrating it.

Bruce tried something similar, but Newcastle’s goal was still put under the same amount of pressure as if they had gone all out.

Howe isn’t going to follow Keegan’s Harlem Globetrotters method, but he should.

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Newcastle United fans can expect the following from new manager Eddie Howe: tactics and transfer targets

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