Jamie Carragher names Eddie Howe as his manager of 2022 after converting Newcastle from relegation candidates to European contenders… insisting the Saudi-owned Magpies wouldn’t be better off if they had hired Guardiola or Klopp instead
- Jamie Carragher has named Eddie Howe as the best football manager of 2022
- Howe took charge of Newcastle last year and has helped them rise exponentially
- The Magpies were in a relegation dog-fight but are now in the top four positions
- Carragher claimed that Klopp or Guardiola couldn’t match Howe’s performances
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Jamie Carragher has overlooked Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola in his award for the best football manager of 2022 – instead opting for Newcastle’s Eddie Howe.
The former Bournemouth coach took charge of the Magpies in November last year – with the club amidst a relegation dog-fight – and has helped oversee their rise up to third in the Premier League table.
Howe has helped revitalise the Newcastle squad and Carragher insisted ‘the quality of their coach’ has played a bigger role in the club’s 12-month transformation than their new Saudi owners.
Jamie Carragher claimed that Eddie Howe (pictured) has been the best manager of 2022
The former Liverpool defender heaped praise on the tremendous impact Howe has had
Carragher insisted that Jurgen Klopp (L) and Pep Guardiola could not emulate Howe’s results
Writing for The Telegraph, Carragher said: ‘I don’t believe any other manager could have bettered Howe’s work at St James’ Park over the past 12 months.
‘Had the club’s Saudi Arabia owners’ somehow lured Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp to the north east upon completing their takeover, the team would not be in a stronger position,’ claimed Carragher.
The Tyneside club have spent a fair amount in recent transfer windows – since their new ownership – however, players like Miguel Almiron, Joelinton and Chris Willock have developed tremendously under Howe’s guise.
‘He has led a team that was second from bottom to third in the Premier League through a combination of astute purchases and by vastly improving the performances of those players he inherited,’ the ex-Liverpool defender explained.
‘Financial backing has been part of it, but secondary to Howe changing Newcastle’s style. They have gone from a defensively minded team trying to grind out results to entertainers playing on the front-foot.’
Carragher’s argument was epitomised on Boxing Day as Howe’s side demolished Leicester 3-0 in their first return to Premier League action.
Howe has played a huge role in the transformation of in-form winger Miguel Almiron this year
The ex-Bournemouth boss watched on as his side demolished Leicester on Boxing Day
Carragher went on to claim the head coach is causing concerns for the traditional ‘top six’ but played down suggestions that the Magpies could win the league.
‘Howe has started like a coach in it for the long haul, determined to be the one to deliver the success rather than laying the foundations for a successor.
‘He is so far ahead of schedule that members of the traditional “big six” are worried. At the start of each season, two clubs out of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal know they will miss out on the Champions League.
‘Because of Newcastle, that will soon turn to three of them having to adjust to the Europa League,’ he claimed.
‘Talk of Newcastle winning the league this year is premature. They are not ready for that yet. But impressive victories such as that against Leicester City on Boxing Day show they have the momentum to challenge for the top four.’
Despite performing well at Bournemouth, Howe had been overlooked by a number of teams
The Newcastle boss boasts an impressive average of 1.85 points-per-game with the Magpies
Though Carragher may not agree, Howe recently claimed Newcastle can achieve anything they want this season and encouraged supporters to dream about winning the Premier League.
‘We can do anything,’ he said. ‘The season is still young enough for all possibilities to exist for us. I want the fans to believe we can do anything. My attitude won’t change, but I’ve no problem with the supporters dreaming, talking and speculating about what we can achieve.
‘We need to be mindful internally and focus on what we can control, which is our own thoughts and actions. This is the toughest league in the world for a reason.’
Eddie Howe encouraged Newcastle fans to dream about the title after they beat Leicester 3-0
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