Amanda Staveley revealed that new Newcastle manager Eddie Howe will be backed in the January transfer window following his appointment. Howe replaced Steve Bruce as the head coach with his primary target being to help Newcastle survive relegation this season. Newcastle is in 19th position in the English Premier League and is the only side without a win in the top flight. Staveley said it is important that they dip into the transfer market in January, the first since the takeover.
“We are preparing for the January transfer window. It’s not a window we would ordinarily want to invest in, because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that’s something that is important at the moment.” Amanda Staveley said talking about Eddie Howe. “It would have been an easy decision for us not to buy the club, just to wait until post-Christmas and post the January window and see where the club was in the league, and then make the acquisition. That would have been the safe investment bet, but we didn’t do that. We decided, if we didn’t do it now, it wasn’t going to happen and we had to take that risk.”
“We had to have someone leading the club who was not frightened of relegation,” she added. “Obviously he had an incredible impact on Bournemouth and I think we were impressed with the fact he’s done all that on quite limited resources. It’s very easy to win trophies if you’ve got a lot of money or a lot of infrastructure or a lot of people. But when you are limited by those factors, his success really shone out.”