Eddie Howe has stated that he will not listen to any criticism of his Newcastle United team after three consecutive defeats.
Newcastle will attempt to snap their Premier League losing skid when they host Brentford on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).
Howe and his team were chastised after a 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break.
While The Magpies manager acknowledged that the performance was far from the standard he expected from his team, he claimed that he is ‘immune’ to any criticism as a result.
“I’m immune to it, so I’m not hearing it,” Howe explained before the game. “To be honest, I’m only feeling my emotions, and my emotions are such that when we don’t win, I’m not fun to be around.” That is my drive.
“I don’t really need anyone else to tell me anything about the team.” My motivation is quite strong. My expectations are so high that I anticipate and desire to win every game, and if we don’t, I’m disappointed in myself, so I don’t need anyone else to tell me anything.”
When asked if he draws inspiration from criticism, Howe replied, “I’m criticizing myself.” I’m impervious to criticism since I don’t listen to it from others.”
Newcastle face a hectic schedule in the coming weeks, juggling Premier League, Champions League, and Carabao Cup football over the course of three weeks. And Howe is sure that his team will be able to turn things around before a vital run of games.
“Absolutely,” Howe responded when asked if his guys were motivated to get things back on track. “They are a fantastic group to work with.”
“Mentality is present. It does not simply change. Last year, our philosophy was the driving force behind our consistency.
“That has not gone. That is there. I can see it every day. I can see it at the end of the Brighton game with the way that we finished the match and I will back the players, I will back the squad. I know what we have. Now we just have to show it.”