Eddie Howe: Carabao Cup final is a start, not a one-off

‘We want the players to become accustomed to these days’: Eddie Howe urges his players not to view Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester United as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ at securing glory

  • The Newcastle boss said that they want players to grow used to such occasions
  • Eddie Howe urged his players to not view the game as their one shot at glory
  • He insisted winning was not ‘be all or end all’ for the club’s continued progress

Eddie Howe says Newcastle’s players should not treat Sunday’s Carabao Cup final as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, as the club will be making a habit of such appearances.

It is 24 years since Newcastle’s last domestic final and more than half a century since the Fairs Cup victory of 1969.

But Howe urged his team to focus on the here and now rather than history when they take on Manchester United at Wembley today.

‘We want the players to become accustomed to these days and expect them, not look at this final as a one-off and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,’ said the head coach.

‘In our position, that wouldn’t be a healthy way to look at this game. We want to be very controlled in our emotions, use the energy of the crowd, but also have high expectations.

Eddie Howe has urged his players not to view Sunday’s Carabao Cup final as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The Newcastle boss said that they wanted the players to grow accustomed to such occasions 

Newcastle fans have descended on the capital in their thousands ahead of Sunday’s final

‘This is the future we all want and we know only hard work and staying true to our principles will earn us the right to achieve it. We hope this is the start of an era where we compete for honours on a more regular basis.’

This competition has been used by others as a springboard for better things and, while Howe sees the value in that, he is keen to stress that defeat would not be devastating.

‘Winning would help us accelerate the process, for sure,’ he said. ‘But it isn’t the be-all and end-all for what lies ahead. Regardless, the club is in a good place and can grow from here.

‘Of course, we want to put pressure on ourselves to achieve. There is no part of me that’s going to Wembley just to enjoy the day.’

Howe, meanwhile, will make a late call on how he will dress for the game. His players have decided against wearing suits but the manager is considering leading the team out in formal attire before changing into a tracksuit.

‘When we paid respects to the Queen, I felt I should wear a suit. Then I charged down the tunnel to get changed,’ he said. ‘Everyone asked how I did it so quickly — I was like Superman!’

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