January 26, 2022

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Eddie Howe appointed Newcastle United head coach

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Newcastle United have officially confirmed the appointment of former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. The news comes after their pursuit of Villarreal manager Unai Emery ended in failure. In a relegation battle, and without a win all season, the Magpies need Howe to get off to a good start.

The new owners, led by the Saudi Arabia Investment Fund, will be well aware just how important avoiding relegation is. And that makes Howe an ideal appointment. Whilst at Bournemouth, Howe avoided relegation from 2015 to 2020. Add into that the fact that he instilled an attractive style of football whilst assuring survival, and Newcastle have got themselves the perfect candidate.

“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United,” Howe said after signing a contract until 2024. “It is a very proud day for me and my family.

“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.

“I would like to thank the club’s owners for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together.”

Newcastle co-owner, Amanda Staveley added: “We have been incredibly impressed by Eddie through what has been a rigorous recruitment process.

“As well as his obvious achievements with AFC Bournemouth, where he had a transformational impact, he is a passionate and dynamic coach who has clear ideas about taking this team and club forward.

“He is a great fit for what we are trying to build here. We are delighted to welcome Eddie and his staff to St. James’ Park and very much look forward to working together towards our collective ambitions.”

Howe had first been put in charge of Bournemouth at the age of just 31, eventually securing promotions from League Two, League One and the Championship to make the Cherries a Premier League club for the first time ever in 2015.

Howe’s first task at Newcastle is keeping the struggling Magpies in the Premier League before attention can turn to the new ownership’s longer-term ambitions.

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