By Kevin Phillips

5th Nov, 2021 | 11:00am

Newcastle taking 'gamble' with Howe appointment after 'concerning' development - Phillips

Eddie Howe’s transfer record at Bournemouth will be a “big concern” for Newcastle, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the appointment of the former Cherries boss is a “slight gamble”.

This site exclusively revealed today (November 5th) that Newcastle are set to announce Eddie Howe as the new manager today after agreeing terms.

The 43-year-old could take charge of his first Premier League game tomorrow against Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

Newcastle are yet to appoint a director of football, meaning Howe could be in charge of incomings in the January transfer window.

The Englishman oversaw the signings of several high-profile flops during his tenure at the Vitality Stadium, including Jordon Ibe, Dominic Solanke, and Benik Afobe.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs about Howe’s transfer record, Phillips said: “It has to be a big concern.

“When you’re in a precarious position like Newcastle, it’s vital they get the appointment right because of where they are in the Premier League.

“I think it’s got to be about staying in the league this season, and then they can build.

“A short-term manager would be a sensible option. Eddie Howe did great things at Bournemouth; it would be a massive move for him – and a slight gamble from Newcastle’s perspective.

“He will need some players in January in order to keep them in the league, but the players he brings in will need to hit the ground running. That didn’t quite happen for some of the names at Bournemouth.

“If Newcastle want to make a statement, then they need a big name in world football. Howe could be that short-term appointment to help them survive this season.”

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