Before Eddie Howe’s debut, here’s how every Newcastle manager has performed in their first match since 2004.


Before Eddie Howe’s debut, here’s how every Newcastle manager has performed in their first match since 2004.

With Eddie Howe about to take command of his first Newcastle game, albeit from the luxury of his own home, Ian Murtagh looks back at how previous Magpie managers’ first matches went in the post-Robson years. Newcastle’s last top-four finish came under Sir Bobby Robson in 2003.

It hasn’t been a nice experience for the Geordies since his departure a year later, with 12 coaches arriving to try to fix the rut.

And as Eddie Howe prepares for his first game as manager, where he’ll teach the players through FaceTime after testing positive for Covid, we look back at his predecessors to see how they fared in their first Premier League game.

Southampton defeated Newcastle 2–1 on September 19, 2004.

The Scot had already made a good start in the UEFA Cup, with the Magpies defeating Israeli side Bnei Sakhnin 2-0. They won on the South Coast three days later, with the winner coming from an unlikely source: right-back Stephen Carr. In his first 16 games in command, Souness won eleven and drew three, but he was fired 18 months later.

Newcastle 2 Portsmouth 0 on February 4, 2006

Alan Shearer eclipsed Jackie Milburn’s goalscoring record with his 201st goal for Newcastle, sliding home in front of the Gallowgate End after Charles N’Zogbia had broken the stalemate. Roeder took over a faltering team and guided them through the Intertoto Cup to European qualification.

Bolton 1 Newcastle 3 on August 11, 2007

Big Sam got off to a flying start against his old club, with goals from Oba Martins (2) and N’Zogbia on the opening day. His stint in charge of the Toon, like that of Souness before him, began promisingly, but by January, new owner Mike Ashley had caved in to fan pressure and fired him.

Newcastle 0 Bolton 0KK’s Second Coming was nothing like his first term in charge of the Magpies, and his first game was a damp squib despite the raucous atmosphere before kick-off. After a record of two draws and six defeats, Bolton held on for a goalless draw, and Keegan had to wait another two months for his first triumph.

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