Eddie Howe spoke with the media this morning, ahead of the weekend's clash against Brentford. Here is a summary of all the topics covered:
- Alexander Isak has a thigh muscle injury but it doesn't look too bad
- Allan Saint-Maximin has a chance of playing against Brentford
- Jonjo Shelvey is ahead of schedule and back in training
- Joelinton is fine
Reflecting and looking ahead
- It was nice to see some of the scenes and the happiness when the takeover was announced, but there was no hint of what was to come for me.
- Pleased with how we controlled emotions; calmness and understanding of the position we were in.
- Takeover has transformed the feeling and the future. You feel the positivity around the city and it's my job to keep that as long as possible.
- Very difficult to predict where we go from here; we all know what we want to achieve but there's a lot of work ahead. We're building the foundations for success.
- I will try to improve the team to the best of my ability.
- I can't put a timescale on things but sometimes magical things can happen when you don't expect it, if you work hard.
- Wouldn't turn anything down in terms of participating in European competition; this is something we need to aspire to. Whether we're capable of that; time will tell. We need to be consistent in the Premier League.
- When you watch European games, you hope that at some point in the future it will be a reality for you. At the moment, with the injuries, I'm glad we're only playing once a week.
Source of Money and Saudi awareness
- The Directors and Owners Test ratified the owners and I have to put faith in that process. My job is to use that money and recruit the best players for Newcastle.
- When the job offer came, all I'm thinking is: "do I want to manage Newcastle United Football Club?" The answer was a resounding yes.
- It's always about football for me; if I veer too far from that I won't do my players justice.
- My job is to get the best out of the players every time we play.
- I used to invest in shares; my Grandad got me into it a very long time ago, so I used to buy a particular paper for the shares. I don't buy newspapers now, I'm on the internet like everybody else.
- With how busy I am, I genuinely don't have time to trawl though newspapers and look at political articles.
Taking the job
- The moment I found out that it was myself and Unai going for the job, I resigned myself that it wasn't going to be mine due to his track record. I was hugely disappointed because Newcastle was the one I wanted.
- Things changed and the 'fate' part came around and I was more than happy to take the opportunity.
- There was an immediate realisation of the situation and it was time to start work. You go into 'work mode' and there's a thousand thoughts going through my head.
- My presentation was about me and where I saw the team going, just very honest.
- The owners were very open, honest and ambitious. There was a lot of talk about the future and where the club will be.
- We're starting the process, we tweak month-to-month, gradually. The execution needs work and time; daily habits. I need to be repetitively immersed in the players, drilling down with them all the time with consistent messages.
- We have lots of athletic players whose first instinct is the press. Other players may need to work on their game to deliver that.
- We're very early in the journey we want to go on; we're still very delicately poised. We have to earn every point we get.
- Looking too far into the future is no use to me.
- The game is getting more and more reliant on data but there needs to be a balance: your eye tells you some things and then data tells you things you might not have seen
- I do believe in data, particularly regarding recruitment as time - in that field - is so important. It is something we will utilise.
- I'm here to prove that I'm the right man to lead the club forward; not just now but in the future.
- There's so much positivity around the club, we need to keep it and deliver success. Very positive about the future.
- Need people in the right positions and to give them the freedom to execute their plans. Lots going on behind the scenes.
- He has all the tools; athletically and technically he's very good with an eye for goal. We're working with him consistently.
- Some nice problems to have with team selection.
- He was everywhere on the pitch last week; athletically he was really good. He's an all-round midfielder but he wants to score. He's getting in the right areas.
- He's been bright and bubbly since returning from rehab away from the club
- He's been very good behind the scenes; disciplined and ready to work
- He was excellent last weekend and has been very reliable for me; highly intelligent and professional
- Fulham was probably his best performance since he's been here and hopefully it's the start of a good run for him
- Mentally he's in the best place he's ever been. He's taken outstanding pre-season form into the season and there's more to come.
Garang Kuol in the away end
- He's embracing everything to do with Newcastle and I encourage that; he'll have a huge feeling of what it means now
- Hopefully the anniversary gives the crowd another level to go to, but they've been brilliant in every moment backing the team.
- They haven't deviated too much from their plans; they're very effective, particularly in set plays. Thomas Frank is an innovator and has done a very good job.
You can also watch the press conference via the club's website