Eddie Howe deserves to win Manager of Year, says Newcastle's Dan Burn

Eddie Howe deserves to win Manager of the Year for his ‘momumental’ achievement of guiding Newcastle away from relegation danger into mid-table, insists Toon defender Dan Burn

  • Newcastle beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday night to move up to 11th
  • The club were 19th with five points when Howe took over in November
  • Defender Dan Burn has called on Howe to win Manager of the Year 

Eddie Howe deserves to win the Manager of the Year award after steering Newcastle to safety and towards the top half, according to defender Dan Burn.

The former Bournemouth boss took charge of the Toon in November when they were second bottom with only five points.

But they are now 11th and closer to the European places than the relegation zone, with Howe becoming the first Newcastle manager since Sir Bobby Robson to oversee six straight wins at St James’ Park.

Eddie Howe has overseen a transformation at Newcastle with the club up to 11th in the table

‘I agree with those who say he is a real contender when you see what he has done,’ said Burn, one of Howe’s five January signings.

‘When you come in and turn it around the way he has, just the mentality, the way we train, the sense of real togetherness he has brought, it has brought the fans and the players closer together. We are all pulling in the same direction.

‘Obviously, you have the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, but I think what he has done is equally impressive.

‘It is a different job he has done but a huge achievement from the state the club was in. To get to 40 points with five games to go is monumental.’

Burn is a boyhood Newcastle fan and has likened the recent buzz around St James’ Park to the European nights in the early 2000s.


‘The atmosphere reminds me of when I used to come here as a kid and watch the Champions League,’ he said. ‘The atmosphere and positivity now feels like that. That big roar before kick-off.

‘It’s just the hope. Everyone is buzzing to see what the future will bring. That is why we had to stay up.’

Dan Burn (second left) insists that Howe should be a contender for Manager of the Year

Meanwhile, another of Newcastle’s January signings, Matt Targett, says he wants to make his loan move from Aston Villa permanent in the summer.

‘I have really enjoyed my time here. I hope something does get sorted,’ admitted the left-back.

‘It has been an unbelievable turnaround. I think this was quite a dark, dark place until the new owners came in.

‘We want to send out a message that Newcastle are now a top-half team. We want to leave battles for survival behind and be up there for many years to come.’

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