- Eddie Howe is Newcastle’s new manager.
- According to sources from the English media, a few players are already marked as Howe’s targets for the winter window.
- Meanwhile, Xavi was presented at Camp Nou today as Barcelona’s new manager.
Two big news are coming from Europe, where Newcastle and Barcelona have presented their new managers today. This is something that might have a long-term impact on football, not only in England or Spain, but the whole continent as well.
Howe Signs, Ake and Coutinho on the List
The former Bournemouth legend and the head coach that made this club famous in recent years, have signed a deal with the Magpies that would keep him at St. James’ Park until 2024. It is one of the first major steps the new Saudi management in Newcastle took since the takeover that happened some month ago.
A few big names were on the list for the job, including Unai Emery, Steven Gerrard, even Antonio Conte, but the one who was immediately launched as the first option turned out to be the solution.
The Magpies have one aim this year, and that is to stay in the Premiership. That will be Howe’s mission for the moment. Along the way, he will start to create a team that will become competitive for much higher achievements than survival in the EPL.
Newcastle is the third favorite for getting down to the Championship with the odds on that 6/5. Norwich is the first one, 2/7, and Watford with 4/7 is in between.
Howe is going to chase some big-time names on the market this winter and also, some players he managed in the past, who will be his extended hand on the field. One of them is Nathan Ake, who warms the bench in Manchester City.
Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are also on the list, as well as Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Barcelona is in heavy problems with cash, and the five-time European champions are willing to sell some of these players, if not all.
Xavi Comes Back Home
One of the greatest midfielders of all time, and arguably the most underestimated one, Xavi, has returned to the place where he started and finished his magical career. In front of 15,000 fans, Barca’s legend was officially presented as the new manager of the club that has been experiencing a massive crisis lately.
He immediately announced that the team would go back to playing like during his leadership, using Pep Guardiola and his tika-taka football. Xavi wants his team to have a high percentage of the ball possession, short and quick passes, and constant pressure on the rival’s midfielders.
The fans are hoping that the former captain might change the situation in the team, and use players from Barca’s youth academy, the famous La Masia. Xavi himself went through that institution and knows that Barcelona’s kids have a different view of football than those from other teams. It is one of the reasons why he promised to find more talented players in the youth categories and focus on creating the players rather than buying them.
Barcelona is nowhere near the trophy talks, and the odds are confirming that. They are +5000 to win the UEFA Champions League and +2000 to win La Liga.