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Newcastle Boss Eddie Howe Uses Unorthodox Method to Motivate His Players Ahead of Carabao Cup Final
- Newcastle United have seen an upward turn in their fortunes since Saudi PIF took over the club
- The new owners fired Steve Bruce and hired young English manager Eddie Howe who has turned the team around
- Newcastle are in the final Carabao Cup and will play Manchester United just over a year after his appointment
In October 2021, the Premier League approved the takeover of Newcastle United by a consortium backed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, with the club winless so far in the season and rooted to the bottom of the table.
A month later, Steve Bruce was released from his duty, and former Bournemouth manager and young English coach Eddie Howe was hired. He helped the team to a ninth-place finish in the first half-season of his reign.
Howe motivates players with training ground banner
According to The Score, Newcastle have not won the League Cup before, and Sunday's final would be their first in 47 years. Their last domestic cup triumph was the 1955 FA Cup, in which none of the current squad, including their manager, was born.
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As revealed by Sport Bible, Howe, 45, displayed a digital board at the club's training ground with a message which reads, 'we have not won a domestic trophy in 67 years.'
This was done to motivate the players, but some Magpies fans feel it adds more pressure on them when they line up against Manchester United on Sunday.
As reported by ESPN, Howe will turn to former Liverpool goalkeeper for the final after Nick Pope was red-carded against Liverpool, and Karl Darlow is cup-tied, having spent the first half of the season on loan at United.
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Newcastle fans unhappy with former player
Sports Brief earlier reported that Newcastle fans are unhappy with former player Nile Ranger for selling inflated tickets to the club's first cup final since 1999.
Ranger, who played for the club between 2009 and 2013, was jailed for online banking fraud in 2017 and advertised tickets to the event between £1,150 to £2,150.
The maximum price for the tickets is originally £100, and while many do not care about the price, his past makes it hard to trust him to deliver even if they pay.