Newcastle United appoint Eddie Howe as new manager

Eddie Howe replaces Steve Bruce in Newcastle's bid to turnover their worst start of a season to date.

Paige Rutter
19th November 2021
Image credit: Twitter (@NUFC)
Following the takeover and the departure of Steve Bruce, Eddie Howe has been appointed to be the man to save the team from relegation. 

The sacking of Steve Bruce was welcomed by many fans, which led to Graeme Jones taking the main position for the last three matches as the search for a manager went on. 

Currently sitting nineteenth in the premier league table, Newcastle United finally has their much-anticipated new manager in the form of former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Howe was spotted observing the team in the away match with Brighton alongside co-owner Amanda Staveley - which resulted in a draw. This sparked confirmation that he was the man ready to take on the job.

After the role was linked to managers such as Paulo Fonseca and Villarreal’s Unai Emery, this will be Howe’s first managerial job after taking a year out to focus on learning more about the game. Howe has a successful stint at Bournemouth under his belt, after taking the team from league 2 into the Premier League in a matter of years.

Describing the role as a “perfect fit” for him, the 43-year-old showed his appreciation for being allowed to take on such a big role. He didn’t fail to acknowledge the current situation Newcastle are in, stating “it’s going to be a real challenge”. 

Co-owner Staveley shared her admiration for the former Bournemouth boss, expressing that she thinks he is “going to do the most amazing job”.

It feels fantastic to be head coach of Newcastle. I'm absolutely honoured, privileged... It's an incredible moment in my life.

Eddie Howe in his first Newcastle press conference

Following the controversial Saudi-led takeover of the club, Howe has now secured the job of managing one of the richest football clubs in the world. The new boss failed to comment on the takeover matters, adding that “my focus is football, running the team, managing the players, that is all I’m going to talk about”. 

Eddie Howe has entered a contract, lasting until 2024. He will take charge of his first match on the 20th of November at St James' Park, against visitors Brentford. 

The Magpies may have now found their manager, but they remain in the hunt for their first win of the season – this being on record their worst start to a season. In the atmosphere of the home crowd, Howe will be hoping to secure his and the club's first win this weekend.

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