“I expect big improvement from Newcastle next season but I give a lot of credit to Eddie Howe for the job he has done.”
Despite spending the majority of the season in the relegation zone, Newcastle currently sit 14th and are nine points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. Before recent defeats by the Premier League’s top two, Newcastle won their previous four games, defeating Norwich, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Wolves.
Howe was nominated for the Premier League’s Manager of the Season award alongside Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Frank and Patrick Vieira. Newcastle were 19th in the table when Howe took charge and went on a nine-game unbeaten run between the end of December and mid-March to steer them to safety.
Howe was also named Premier League Manager of the Month for February, after leading his side to three wins and a draw from their four games.