What Eddie Howe is likely to do after Amanda Staveley leaves Newcastle United

What Eddie Howe is likely to do after Amanda Staveley leaves Newcastle United

Eddie Howe is losing two of his biggest supporters behind the scenes at Newcastle United: Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

On Wednesday, news emerged that Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi will be leaving the club, with the couple set to sell their Newcastle United shares to either PIF or the Reuben brothers.

Newcastle fans paid tribute to Staveley and Ghodoussi for the work they did, having been the ones who made the 2021 takeover a reality. They were the ones who first tried to buy the club from Mike Ashley, then it was they who brought PIF to the table.

The impact they had at St James’ Park was seismic, and they will be sorely missed. However, their departure doesn’t come as a complete shock, as it was reported in 2021 that Staveley would only be in charge of Newcastle for the short term.

PIF wants Newcastle United to be number one

Staveley and Ghodoussi’s work at Newcastle United is done as they prepare to move on. The Magpies will also move on as two highly influential figures leave St James’ Park.

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The club is moving into the next phase of the PIF project, with chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan keen for Newcastle United to reach the top of the footballing pyramid.

That has always been the ambition of Newcastle’s major shareholders, as PIF are not ones to settle for second best. They want to be number one in everything they do, and that includes ownership of the Magpies.

But where does that leave Eddie Howe? He is the Newcastle United manager and has always had the support of Al-Rumayyan. The PIF boss offered his support to Howe last season at a time when Newcastle were struggling.

But Staveley and Ghodoussi were Howe’s biggest supporters and their departures could change the dynamic behind the scenes at St James’ Park.

What this means for Eddie Howe at Newcastle United

According to the Athletic, Howe is likely to seek reassurance over Newcastle’s plans following the departures of Staveley and Ghodoussi.

They add that he may also seek clarification on how he fits into the club’s vision, as well as whether his level of control may change in areas such as recruitment.

Regarding the latter, it seems likely that Howe will have less control. Newcastle have appointed a new sporting director, and it has been reported that recruitment control was a key factor in getting Paul Mitchell to join.

The Athletic also claim that Howe may suddenly be under a little more pressure to perform on Tyneside, due to the fact he no longer has the protection of Staveley and Ghodoussi.

Howe can continue to thrive despite Newcastle move

With or without Staveley, the pressure was always going to mount for Howe. This project is about constant improvement – ​​mediocrity won’t cut it.

That’s not to say Howe is delivering mediocre results – far from it. He’s been the driving force behind Newcastle’s improvement under PIF, and he has the ability to continue doing so.

While the departure of Staveley and Ghodoussi changes things for Howe, he could still be the man to deliver what the PIF want at St James’ Park. He is the best manager we have had in a long, long time, and he will continue to thrive at Newcastle United.

There will be renewed pressure, but that shouldn’t faze Howe.

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