Jonjo Shelvey spoke about Eddie Howe and the new Newcastle United.
It’s fair to say that the NUFC head coach isn’t one to shout the odds, claim credit for himself.
So it’s great to see someone like Jonjo Shelvey doing this work for him!
The Newcastle midfielder saying: “It’s only when the manager comes here that you feel fit.” It was a breath of fresh air. It’s just a great place. The manager has been brilliant for this club.
We all know what the situation was like under Howe’s predecessor, with many players loving him for the number of days they received, as opposed to Eddie Howe’s dedication and professionalism.
The reality, however, is that even people like Jonjo Shelvey knew all along that what was happening was wrong. Certainly not in terms of maximizing their career.
As you can read below, Shelvey is absolutely desperate to do whatever he can to be involved in this new professionally run Newcastle United.
He has now been at Newcastle United for six and a half years and I think before Eddie Howe arrived, Jonjo Shelvey was certainly the fittest and the best, under Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard was also a coach who demanded discipline and absolute graft on the training ground, Jonjo Shelvey arguably very unlucky not to make England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, following the form he showed for Newcastle in the second half of this 2017/18 Premier League season.
Jonjo Shelvey won’t be flying to Qatar in November BUT he now has to show he deserves a place in the squad alongside Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier, who will be leaving for these upcoming World Cup finals.
If he can show the form (and fitness!) of which he is capable, Shelvey could be a real asset alongside Joelinton and Bruno G in Newcastle midfield this coming season.
Jonjo Shelvey speaks to the Mail:
“For the past few years, you’ve come home and left the football on the training ground. You’ve just turned off. I wouldn’t go home and think about what we did in training. I would leave my job at work and focus on the kids.
“Now I go home thinking about what I could have done better in training. It’s something the gaffer instilled in us.
“As soon as Eddie (Howe) arrived, the intensity of the sessions exploded. Each exercise is set up, they all lead to each other.
“It’s only when the manager comes here that you feel fit.
“It was a breath of fresh air. It’s just a great place.
“The manager has been brilliant for this club.”
Competition for places:
“Bruno is a fantastic footballer, but there will be even more fantastic footballers joining the club, you have to constantly improve your game every day and strive to be better.
“Since I’ve been here, he’s been the strongest in the team, and I just want to be part of it. I step back to do that.
“I haven’t really had a summer!” I got injured at the end of the season. I left and did my rehab in Turkey and took my trainer with me. I took the wife and children too and we stayed there for a month. We didn’t bother to come back.
“It’s just a great place at the moment… the club is putting the foundations in place to go all the way to the top. It’s an honor to still be here and be part of the journey.