Eddie Howe says it could be “foolish” for him to vow that backside facet Newcastle will purchase their manner out of Premier League relegation hassle within the January switch window.
The new boss celebrated his forty fourth birthday on Monday by getting ready his group for Tuesday’s conflict with Norwich, with the membership nonetheless looking for their first win of the season after 13 matches.
Newcastle, who misplaced 2-0 at Arsenal on Saturday, are six factors adrift of security on the foot of the desk however they’ve very important house matches towards the Canaries and Burnley — the 2 golf equipment straight above them — over the approaching week.
The Magpies’ new Saudi-backed house owners have indicated they are going to make investments considerably within the squad however Howe is aware of he can not depend on spending energy alone to protect their top-flight standing.
Asked if he had been assured of backing within the switch window, he replied: “I can’t make any guarantees on that, however I can promise that the folks above me, the house owners, will assist the group and assist me in making an attempt to realize what we’d like. That’s all I can say at the moment.
“It would be foolish of me to make rash promises or statements. My priority at the moment is to get the best out of the players we have.”
Howe has seen indicators of enchancment in his group within the two video games since he changed Steve Bruce however is aware of defensive frailties should be eradicated if they’re to pull themselves out of hassle.
“I don’t think there are any limitations on what we can achieve with the group of players we have here,” he mentioned. “We have to enhance performances, enhance outcomes and as soon as confidence returns to the group, I believe you will note a distinct group.
“But attacking and defending is always a delicate balance for any team and we just need to get that right.”
Howe, who will probably be with out suspended defenders Jamaal Lascelles, his captain, and Matt Ritchie, will probably be within the dugout at St James’ Park for the primary time after lacking the final house recreation following a optimistic coronavirus check.