Expert: Eddie Howe has 'got his own way' after Newcastle United boardroom triumph
Eddie Howe likely had a major say as Newcastle United successfully ensured that TV companies will not be handed greater access to clubs from 2022-23.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
It has been mooted for several months that broadcasters could conduct half-time interviews with managers and deliver weekly behind-the-scenes updates from Premier League training grounds.
But the Daily Mail reported last Sunday (19 June) that the Premier League has not amassed the two-thirds majority vote needed to green-light the proposals.
It is understood that Newcastle voted with the so-called ‘Big Six’ and Nottingham Forest against the motion.
Dinnery suggests that Howe’s wishes will have been taken into account when the Magpies’ decision-makers cast their vote.
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“I think clubs want to maintain control first and foremost about what information is produced and posted publicly,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“In terms of internal monetising, they would want it to be on their terms. If they are going to give out the keys to the castle, why wouldn’t they want that potential revenue stream for the club themselves?
“There are a couple of elements at play here.
“Decisions will have been made from the top. Will staff members have been opposed? I think the question will have been put to Eddie Howe. He’s probably got his own way. If he had been supportive, I’m sure they would have gone for it.
“But ultimately, I could never really see it happening. It’s a strange one. Ultimately, it hands over too much control to those outside media companies.”
Newcastle face Benfica, Atalanta and Athletic Bilbao in pre-season ahead of 2022-23.
Their first fixture of the competitive campaign comes against Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest on 6 August.