Howe was speaking from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where Newcastle have travelled on a warm-weather training camp which has included meetings with the club’s chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and other representatives of the Public Investment Fund.
Howe’s men then backed that up with a 10th-placed finish before thrilling the league with an exhilarating brand of football that saw them win the title and reach the Premier League in 2015.
Bournemouth came 16th, 9th, 12th and 14th during their first four seasons in the promised land before their relegation in July despite a 3-1 final-day win over Everton at Goodison Park.
Howe’s successor Jason Tindall is now in the first chapter of his managerial journey and the initial signs are positive, with the Dorset outfit up to second in the Championship after beating fellow promotion contenders Reading 4-2 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Howe, whose resurgent side face West Ham at lunchtime, said: ‘Kieran had his operation on Thursday and the good news is that went well. We don’t know long he will be out for. We hope to have him back before the end of the season but it is a significant injury. It is a big blow for us.
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