Friday, October 27, 2023

Newcastle United: Eddie Howe and PIF Reignite Geordie Dreams


Newcastle United has made a remarkable comeback in recent years, thanks to the shrewd Saudi investment from PIF, coaching magic from Eddie Howe, and true Geordie grit and belief from the terraces. The team has made it back to where they belong and are here to stay. In their recent match against Leicester City, a point was all that was needed, and that is what they got. It was a performance built on pragmatism, desire, and top-end nouse, reminiscent of the late, great Sir Bobby Robson’s time in the SJP dugout.

Although Newcastle United is known for their fast starts, they were lacking in that regard on the night. However, Howe’s Magpies are built of sterner stuff, and even when their fluid best eludes them, they are still an attacking force to be reckoned with. They got lucky early on when Bruno Guimaraes left it late on Boubakary Soumare. Yellow was shown, but it felt a little more like red was more suitable.

Despite having more than 80 percent possession, Leicester City did not score, and Nick Pope had to produce his very best at the death to retain a point for the Magpies when he pawed away a Timothy Castagne volley. The final whistle brought about an outpouring of unbridled joy, as every part of this football club is together, from the fans to the players, to the staff and the owners. Newcastle is truly United again, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold. Watch out Europe, the Geordies are back.

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