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The remarkable Premier League table since Newcastle appointed Eddie Howe in November 2021

Eddie Howe was brought in as Newcastle United manager to replace the outgoing Steve Bruce in November 2021 and has made a huge impact on the club. The Premier League table since he took over shows just how huge.

When Howe was appointed as Newcastle’s new boss, they were 19th in the table and Premier League survival looked a tall order.

But Howe’s Magpies finished the 2021-22 season in 11th place after picking up 49 points. Thanks to excellent form in the final months of the season, they registered their best points tally in the Premier League since the memorable iconic 2011-12 season – an incredible return given they’d picked up just one win before Christmas that season.

This would have been unthinkable back when newly-appointed Howe watched from the stands as Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw to Brighton in early November 2021.

The Tyneside outfit had failed to win their opening 11 matches under Bruce and Howe failed to win any of his first three. No Premier League side in history had previously managed to stay up after failing to win any of their first 14 matches.

In fact, the 44-year-old former Bournemouth coach took some time to deliver results. A narrow 1-0 victory at home to relegation rivals Burnley was Newcastle’s only win of his first nine matches in charge.

At the turn of the year, Newcastle sat 19th – only one point better off than bottom-placed Norwich – with just 11 points taken from 19 games. But Newcastle’s form ever since then has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Magpies have maintained their strong form since the end of the 2021-22 campaign and ended up fourth during Howe’s first full season in charge, qualifying the club for the Champions League for the first time since the legendary Sir Bobby Robson’s time at St. James’ Park over two decades ago.

It should be noted that Newcastle’s uptick in results also coincides with the Saudi-backed takeover, with a considerable net spend over the past four transfer windows. Additions like Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak have proven particularly important in turning the club’s fortunes around. But it can’t be denied that he’s also considerably improved a number of the players he inherited, with the likes of Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Fabian Schar continuing to feature regularly.

How would the table look if it began when Howe took over? Even including his slow start to life in the dugout at St. James’ Park, Newcastle have picked up more points than Manchester United and Chelsea.

We’ve taken a look at how the Premier League table would look if it began from when Newcastle announced Howe as their new manager two years ago.

Note: all teams have played 76 games, and we’ve only included the 14 sides that have remained in the top flight throughout Howe’s time in charge.

1. Manchester City – 186pts
2. Liverpool- 161pts
3. Arsenal – 157pts
4. Tottenham – 141pts
5. Newcastle United – 135pts
6. Manchester United – 134pts
7. Aston Villa – 118pts
8. Brighton – 114pts
9. Brentford – 109pts
10. Chelsea – 107pts
11. Crystal Palace – 93pts
12. Wolves – 88pts
13. West Ham – 87pts
14. Everton – 71pts


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