Dark arts and intensity: why Howe’s Newcastle are so hard to score against | Newcastle United

Mastery of the dark arts

Eddie Howe blushed slightly at a recent suggestion he was morphing into the “new Diego Simeone”. During a sabbatical after leaving his previous job at Bournemouth, Howe shadowed Atlético Madrid’s streetwise Argentinian manager and returned no longer quite the arch purist of old. The club captain, Jamaal Lascelles, despite spending most of this season on the bench has collected two bookings for obstructing opponents as they attempted to take late, potentially gamechanging, throw-ins.

Similarly, during a recent win over Fulham, Howe’s assistant Jason Tindall…

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