Newcastle United got back to winning ways against Brentford and Eddie Howe was desperate to end the club’s recent run of defeats even if he cut a very calm figure.
Eddie Howe has admitted that he has been ‘very emotional’ in the last few weeks because being manager of Newcastle United is his life.
After racing out of the blocks with a 5-1 win against Aston Villa on the opening day, Newcastle suffered three successive Premier League defeats for the first time since April, 2022.
Although the standard of opposition has to be taken into account – Newcastle faced four of last season’s top seven in their opening four games – Howe acknowledged his side had ‘not played well’ in the 3-1 defeat against rampant Brighton earlier this month.
Howe cut a noticeably calm figure after that loss at the Amex, but said there were ‘a range of emotions going through’ him that were ‘best’ kept to himself.
However, rather than losing his cool with his players, in the final game before the international break, Howe stayed level and kept a clear head to coldly analyse what had gone wrong.
Newcastle were not at their vintage best, but the Magpies bounced back from that disappointing defeat with a hard-fought 1-0 win against a Brentford side who had been unbeaten since May. Following a five-week wait for three points, the overriding emotion for Howe at full-time was ‘relief.
“Let me tell you, I haven’t been cool the last three or four weeks because this is my life,” he told BBC Radio Newcastle. “This is everything so you’re giving everything to try and be successful.
“When things are not quite going to plan, I am very emotional. I am a very emotional person, but it’s when you show that. That’s the important thing. I certainly won’t show it all the time, but I’ve got to remain calm at certain moments and use my emotion in others.