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Eddie Howe is the new head coach of Newcastle United.

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Eddie Howe has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal to take over at St James’ Park under Newcastle’s new Saudi-led government.
The 43-year-old had been out of work since Bournemouth’s relegation from the Premier League two seasons ago, but after talks proceeded last week and he watched the club’s draw against Brighton from the stands, Howe was officially confirmed in the post on Monday.

‘It is a tremendous honor to be named head coach of a club of Newcastle United’s size and heritage.’ For me and my family, today is a very proud day,’ Howe added.

‘This is a fantastic chance, but there is a lot of work ahead of us, and I am looking forward to getting out on the training ground and working with the players.’

‘I’d like to express my gratitude to the club’s owners for this opportunity, as well as the club’s supporters for the warm welcome I’ve already received.’ I’m really looking forward to starting our journey together.’

Following the recent £305 million takeover, Howe is maybe an unexpected choice to manage the world’s richest club, with the new owners benefiting from the financial might of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which is worth over £300 billion. In January, the team will be allowed to spend some of those funds for the first time as it fights relegation.

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Eddie Howe is the new head coach of Newcastle United.

When his name was first floated four weeks ago, it did not have the support of all members close to the new consortium, with Unai Emery emerging as the clear favorite – but the Spaniard turned down an offer and has stayed at Villarreal.

Amanda Staveley, on the other hand, was always eager to talk to Howe, and he was recently interviewed. Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, and Matt Ritchie, all former Bournemouth players, have already expressed their support for Staveley in the Newcastle dressing room.

If Steve Bruce had been fired under their watch, Sportsmail believes that Howe would have been the man they would have turned to. In light of the takeover, it is assumed that Lee Charnley, the club’s managing director, backed Howe’s case.

Howe will prepare for his first game as manager, a home match against Brentford on November 20 following the international break, after watching from the stands at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Saturday.

While Howe inherits a team that is winless in the league and is in 19th place, five points from safety, interim manager Graeme Jones believes there is a sense of unity that can be built upon.

‘I think he saw a team that added a little bit more possession, a little bit more control, especially in the second half on the ball,’ Jones said.

‘I think he’ll inherit a team that was prepared and capable of pressuring a good Brighton team with pressing football and staying high up the pitch off the ball.’

‘I believe he will have seen that it has improved since Crystal Palace.’

Howe served 11 years with Bournemouth, the second of which lasted eight seasons, and achieved a remarkable feat by leading them from League One to the Premier League with scant resources.

In 2009, he began his first term with the club at the bottom of League 2 and overcame a points deduction to keep the club in the Football League.

Howe had been linked with a return to management at Celtic earlier this year, but talks fell through, and the Scottish club selected Ange Postecoglou instead.

When Emery was announced as the favored candidate last weekend, Howe feared he’d missed out on the job.

Last week, the Spaniard’s advisers, notably his brother, Igor, were in the UK in preparation for his unveiling ahead of Newcastle’s match against Brighton.

However, when Emery made a U-turn late last Tuesday night, the focus shifted back to Howe.

During his interview, Howe also dazzled by laying out his plan for instant improvement, despite Newcastle’s winless Premier League record.

After an 11-match winless start, he is reported to have shared the hierarchy’s opinion that fitness levels and organization might be improved, and that the current group is playing much below its potential.

Howe is delighted to work with interim manager Jones and is set to bolster his backroom team at St James’ with coaches Stephen Perches, Jason Tindall, and Simon Weatherstone.

Newcastle’s season will be defined by the following four games, which include Brentford, Norwich, and Burnley.

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