Lee Clark: Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe gets my vote for manager of the year


Newcastle United are entering their final game against Burnley and believe me, when you’re a manager you want to win every game whether you’re safe or not.

So Burnley will be in for a tough game and whatever the circumstances I think Eddie Howe has now made it clear that the top 10 is on his mind. For him, there will be an emotional connection with Burnley as he managed them at one point and they are in a relegation fight.

As a player or manager you never have in mind what the consequences are for the other team, it’s always what’s at stake for you and your season. Non-professional, you don’t go out to do favors for your old club either.

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It’s always important for Newcastle to get a win as they want to end the season on a high and Eddie will want to continue the feel-good factor around the club. He did an incredible and the turnaround was fantastic.

I didn’t expect anyone to produce such a unit as he did and the way he did it was fantastic. It was much faster than I thought and most people thought.

Look at the Arsenal game, it was far from a lackluster end-of-season game and the opposition were actually aiming for the Champions League. But the atmosphere before, during and after was sensational.

Eddie will want to continue all of that at Burnley because the buzz around the football club at the start of the summer was fantastic. A place in the top 10 would be the icing on the cake for Newcastle. Can they do it? They will need the win and are hoping for more results to go their way.

To finish in the top 10 would be amazing when you look at the position they were in in December, it would be an incredible turnaround. Without giving too much away, I’m part of the LMA and we had to nominate a manager of the year.

You have to nominate all three managers and Eddie got my vote. I won’t say who the other two are but I think Eddie deserves it because he took over a group of players who lacked confidence. He gets credit for recruiting in the January window.

But he also gets credit for improving the players he had. There are five or six players who weren’t playing well, people like Emil Krafth, Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Fraser and a few others. He did an amazing job overall and deserves a lot of credit. Here is a final day of victory at Turf Moor.


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