The Newcastle United Blog | Magpie hails Howe’s ability to connect with his players
On Monday it was announced that Emil Krafth had signed a well-deserved extension until 2024. The right-back was in the final year of his contract and is getting some safety ahead of an important campaign for the Magpies.
In an interview after the announcement, Krafth gushed about manager Eddie Howe’s impact. The Swede was one of many Magpies to personally hail Howe’s impact, but also prove it on the pitch.
Like his team-mate, local guy Sean Longstaff has praised his new manager’s methods of getting the best out of him. In many ways, Longstaff and Krafth are in a similar position as they probably aren’t among Howe’s strongest eleven.
However, they have shown a desire to push hard to try to change that. Longstaff signed a new contract earlier this summer until 2025 and even before committing his future at the hometown club, he spoke enthusiastically about his new manager.
From sunny Lisbon yesterday, the 25-year-old sat down with NUFC TV to talk about the club’s transformation under Howe. He also revealed that Howe contacted him early on about the breach of contract this summer.
Here is some of what Sean said as transcribed in The Chronicle:
“He (Howe) had been at the club for about a week when he came to see me and said he hadn’t realized I was out of contract this summer and he helped me through that. period.
“He’s the first manager I’ve had several conversations with on the phone. Anything he says, I trust. Anything he tells me to do, I’ll do, because I think it will do me a better footballer.
Howe has forged a close relationship with his players and that came through in interviews with Krafth and Longstaff. Emil kept saying that Howe meant everything to him to be able to show his qualities on the pitch.
Longstaff also added the following account of Howe’s ability to connect with his players on a personal level:
“We have a nice session and at the end of the nice session, a player or a member of the technical staff has to give a timeline of his life. The gaffer did the first, and he goes through his whole life, with photos, and he talks about his family and he is moved to talk about it, he loved his dog and he talked about it.
“I walked out of the meeting and was like ‘wow, how can you not want to play for someone who’s willing to bare and we’ve only known each other for five or six days.’
Emil, Sean, Fabian Schar and Joelinton are just a handful of players to have renewed their lives under the new coaching staff. Krafth and Longstaff must continue to hold their heads low and fight for every chance they have. There’s going to be a tremendous battle to get into Howe’s XI every week.