Eddie Howe has revealed the Premier League rivals have been refusing to do Newcastle a favor since the Saudi takeover and accused them of inflating his club’s transfer fee, admitting ‘everyone is against us “.
The Magpies have failed in their bid to sign Leeds winger Jack Harrison and Leicester midfielder James Maddison and have also been frustrated with loan approaches for West Ham defender Harrison Ashby and Arsenal utility Ainsley Maitland-Niles, among others.
And Howe gave a blunt answer when asked if domestic clubs, seeing Newcastle as a threat, had proved difficult to manage during the summer window.
Eddie Howe believes Newcastle have missed out on some players in the summer window due to Premier League rivals inflating transfer fees due to the Saudis taking over the Magpies
The Magpies have failed in their efforts to sign a number of players, including James Maddison
“It’s true, I would say yes,” he said. “It was definitely something we felt in the market. National clubs didn’t want to be seen as helping us. We’ll have to take that, it’s part of where we are right now.
“We certainly found that there was no one there willing to do us a favor. It is the narrative about us that has changed. If there is something domestically teams will raise their price if it is Newcastle. It’s the same all over the world, it’s something we have to deal with.
“That’s why we waived some agreements because I think it’s important that we are not seen as that club who will pay what is asked.” I think it should be fair.
“There is a real feeling that we know internally that we are against everyone. It’s healthy and I would accept it. I would say we couldn’t be more together right now.
Newcastle also failed to sign Jack Harrison (left) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (right), who made a deadline move to Southampton on loan.
Howe said domestic clubs ‘don’t want to help them’ due to last year’s takeover
Newcastle have spent £115m on four new players, taking their total investment since January to over £200m, and Howe admits they went over budget.
“FFP has definitely been a big hurdle for us to manage this transfer window,” he said. “We have exceeded the guidelines given. I don’t know if it affected future budgets, that’s not for me to answer. But we slightly overshot where we wanted to be.
Newcastle were denied a point to Liverpool on Wednesday when Fabio Carvalho scored in the 98th minute despite only five minutes of added time being allowed.
Howe says they won’t complain to PGMOL but claims referee Andre Marriner was wrong not to take a full-time breather sooner.
“I think it’s a fruitless exercise (complaining to PGMOL) and we won’t get any benefit from it,” he said. “I’ve been there several times and I don’t think you get the reward for your efforts.
“But I thought the game should have ended with our last attack, looking at the clock and having gone through it. When Joelinton crosses to the boundary line and places the cross, we had that final offensive action. I think it’s time, time to end the game. He obviously didn’t.
Fabio Carvalho scored a dramatic 98th-minute winner – after just five minutes of stoppage time was awarded
Howe defended his team for their time-wasting throughout Wednesday night’s game
Liverpool accused Newcastle of wasting time in the second half and their side were booed by home fans, but Howe said: “That’s their opinion.” I am not concerned with their opinion.
“We know what we are trying to do. We were trying to win the game. I gave the reasons why there were stops. Nick Pope fell twice, the first time he felt a bit dizzy, the second time I think he fell on his back. I’m not sure we can do much about it.
“It was a bit small in the second half with substitutions and there was definitely no sense of play on our side. That’s how the game went.
“We want to fight for every point, every tackle and do everything we can to win. If it’s unpopular with people, then so be it, but we’ll hopefully continue to play the way we all think we should. Apart from Newcastle, what people think of us is not my problem.
A member of the Newcastle coaching staff appeared to throw a bottle at Liverpool staff after Carvalho’s winner
A scrum on the touchline ensued, with several staff from both sides involved
The two benches faced off after Liverpool’s last winner, but Howe said: “I haven’t seen the pictures of the two benches.” Immediately, when the goal went in, I mentally took myself elsewhere. I don’t know where I went, but in a dark place!
“I always try to stay out of those flashpoints unless I feel like I have to be there for my team and for my staff, but the emotions were running high and that’s the beauty of the Premier League.
“I had no problems with my bench protecting itself in the game.”
Howe, meanwhile, says he read Sportsmail’s story about club owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi narrowly escaping serious injury when a motorbike carrying a suspected drug dealer dressed in a balaclava is almost collided with them outside Anfield on Wednesday night.
“I wish them both good luck and hope they are well,” he said. “The safety of every fan, of every person coming to the game, is absolutely paramount.
“It looked like it could have been very different, so my thoughts are with everyone who was injured in the incident.”
Eddie Howe accuses Premier League rivals of inflating transfer fees in a bid to deny Newcastle success