Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has insisted he can not but be talked of in the identical breath as celebrated predecessors Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
Howe has vastly enhanced his repute since being appointed to the hotseat at St James’ Park by the cub’s new Saudi-backed homeowners in November 2021 and overseeing a dramatic change in fortunes.
Inside 18 months, the 45-year-old had guided the Magpies to a primary home cup closing in 24 years and secured a top-four Premier League end taking part in an exhilarating model of soccer, an achievement comparable to these of Keegan and Robson throughout their respective tenures.
Because of this, he has received an analogous place within the affections of followers, though requested if he recognised the comparability, Howe stated: “No. For me personally, I don’t see that. I’ve received so, a lot to do to even be talked of in the identical breath as these individuals.
“Once I watched Sir Bobby’s documentary, which I believed was a tremendous factor to watch, it hits you, his profession and what he did and how he acted, simply every thing about his character and the legacy that he’s left right here.
“It was a very highly effective factor to watch, I believed, and I actually, actually loved it, so no, I’ve received loads to do.
“The drive is to strive to do in addition to you’ll be able to. I don’t decide it by what they achieved – they’re totally different occasions.
“They did their finest for the soccer membership once they have been right here and they achieved some unbelievable issues, and I’ll strive to do my finest for the soccer membership each short-term and long-term whereas I’m right here. That’s all I can do.
“The end result would be the consequence. Clearly I hope it’s constructive, I hope individuals will look again on it fondly. That’s all I want.”
Newcastle face Liverpool on Sunday in a fixture which at all times rekindles reminiscences of the epic 4-3 defeat at Anfield in April 1996 which dented their title cost underneath Keegan.
His so-called Entertainers set the benchmark for subsequent generations and simply as Robson did, Howe is eager to reproduce a mode of play which excites supporters.
He stated: “I stated very early in my tenure right here that to be in contrast to The Entertainers is a large praise as a result of we wish to entertain, not essentially as an alternative of successful as a result of we’re right here to win, however to entertain as properly.
“We’re determined for our supporters to come to the stadium and then go away with that feeling that they can not look forward to subsequent week, with that feeling of, ‘What’s the crew going to present as we speak?’.
“These type of feelings are actually constructive and we wish to go away lasting reminiscences. I would like my gamers to be remembered without end, to turn into legends of the soccer membership. That’s one thing I would like for them.”