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Eddie Howe expects no drop in standards as Newcastle march to Premier League safety

NEWCASTLE: Eddie Howe is keen to make sure standards don’t drop, despite Newcastle United almost mathematically securing Premier League status.

Victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday saw the Magpies climb to 40 points, often seen as the magic number when it comes to Premier League relegation battles.

And while Howe has yet to openly admit he thinks his team is safe, he’s still desperate to make sure they treat every game between now and the end of the season with the respect they deserve. deserved.

“Above all, we have standards to uphold,” the Newcastle head coach said ahead of the trip to Norwich City on Saturday.

“We had a way of playing and delivered consistent performances overall. We don’t want to drop those standards or let that feeling slip away.

“Every game we have between now and the end of the season is very difficult because we are playing against teams who have something to play for but as we do, we are playing for Newcastle.

“Not for a second will our preparation drop, nor our expectations. We have to make sure the players are ready to give their all.

Images and videos flooded social media this week of the head of the Public Investment Fund, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, talking to fellow owners Jamie Reuben, of RB Sports & Media, and Mehrdad Ghodoussi, of PCP Capital Partners, on the grounds of St James’ Park.

Asked about it, Howe greeted his bosses relishing the moment – and even joked that they might be needed during the Premier League break-in.

“You have to be as one as a football club. From top to bottom, you have to pull in the right direction. For me, that’s the only way to progress towards success,” he said.

“It’s great that the owners benefit from the experience of owning a football club – it’s a very stressful and difficult business, the happy moments are actually quite rare,” added Howe. “It was great to see them play. They have skills, don’t they? They have to be careful not to get the call soon.

Expectations have changed at Newcastle in 2022.

After entering January in 19th place, with just 11 points on the board, the rest of the season was shaping up to be a relegation duel.

However, nine wins in 13 games saw the Howe Magpies move away from the pack at the bottom of the table and into a safe mid-table position.

Are Newcastle exceeding expectations?

“In terms of the position we’re in, we didn’t necessarily think we’d be where we are now. Maybe not exceed performance expectations because I believe in the team, the players and the way we work,” said Howe.

“I’ve always been positive, I always thought we could have reached safety, but I think the string of results we’ve had may have been faster than expected.”