As the rollercoaster season for Newcastle United comes to an end, club manager Eddie Howe has challenged his players to set their eyes on cup contests next season.
Howe was hired to deliver the Magpies from the jaws of relegation after a frustrating first stanza of the 2021–2022 Premier League season.
Newcastle’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal in midweek summed up the tedious work that Eddie Howe and the charges have been doing at St James Park lately.
After sealing their survival dreams, Newcastle will finish in mid-table with a win away at Turf Moor against Burnley on Sunday.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Howe was asked about what would make a good season next year;
“I’d love to do well in the cup competitions. We will take them seriously next year,” he responded.
“Improvement is key, but we’re competing in a league that is so difficult.”
Newcastle United’s success will be measured by winning trophies, and this could be boosted by the arrival of new wealthy owners who may flex their financial muscles in the transfer market.
Steve Bruce guided Newcastle United to a couple of cup quarter-finals, but the last time the Magpies reached a cup semi-final was 2005. The club has not been in a cup final since 1999.