Newcastle United have appointed Eddie Howe as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year contract until June 2024.
Speaking on his decision to take up the job after departing Bournemouth in August 2020 following the Cherries’ relegation from Premier League, Howe said: “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family.”
Howe though is wary of the task ahead in ensuring the Magpies don’t suffer relegation but is ready to embrace the challenge, as he added; “”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 co-owner, Amanda Staveley meanwhile spoke how impressive Howe was as the club undertook “a rigorous recruitment process.”
Explaining why the club’s board opted to appoint Howe, Staveley said: “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’s first match as Newcastle United manager will take place on Saturday 20 November 2021 as the Magpies host Brentford at St James’ Park in an untelevised 3pm kick-off.
The Magpies currently sit 19th in the Premier League and five points adrift of safety after the opening 11 rounds of this season, having snatched a draw at Brighton on Saturday (6 November) in Graeme Jones’ final match as caretaker manager.