After almost two weeks of finding a new coach, Newcastle United finally named the vacant position, with former Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe signed a two-and-a-half-year deal to manage the team until the summer of 2024. It is learnt that the job was first offered to former Arsenal coach Unai Emery but the Spanish coach rejected their invitation and insists staying at La Liga club Villarreal.
“Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach on a contract until summer 2024,” the club said in a statement. The 43-year-old Englishman is the first manager to be appointed by the new owners of the club following the £300 million deal acquisition of the Saudi Public Investment Fund last month. Follow us for upcoming Premier League fixtures.
“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United,” Howe said in the statement. “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.”
Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Stavely 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.”
Howe returns to coaching after spending eight years at Bournemouth across two spells, rescuing the club from the relegation zone of the Football Leagues before guiding them to the Premier League, where he kept them for five years. Howe left the club in August 2020 following the club’s relegation from the English Premier League. Catch the latest updates about football matches today here.
Earlier, Newcastle sacked head coach Bruce following the 3-2 loss to Tottenham. The 60-year-old coach will leave the Magpies after more than 2 years in charge of the now Saudi Arabia-backed club. The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF have acquired the ownership of the club with a £300 million deal, making them the richest club in the Premier League.
After the loss to Tottenham, which was Bruce’s 1000th game as well, Newcastle were dropped second to the bottom team in the current standings, without a win through 8 matches. The club currently sits second bottom of the Premier League table having yet to win a game in 10 attempts this season. Howe’s first game in charge will be on November 20 when Newcastle host Brentford at St. James’ Park.
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