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OFFICIAL: Eddie Howe Named New Head Coach of Newcastle United

The 43- year old takes over for Steve Bruce as the first major move for the new ownership group

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Howe watching Newcastle’s match against Brighton
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Newcastle United have officially announced the appointment of Former Bournemouth and Burnley manager Eddie Howe as the club’s next head coach. Howe will take control of the team ahead of a crucial match against Brentford following the November International break.

Howe is known as an attack-minded coach that gets the most out of his players and is most notably known for bringing Bournemouth from the brink of non-league football to a consistent few years in the Premier League. Football under Howe at Newcastle is likely going to be the most exciting brand of football we have seen at St. James’ in some time.

Howe had this to say about his appointment at Newcastle:

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.

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.”

Amanda Staveley spoke on behalf of the ownership group and had this to say:

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 takes over a team currently sitting in 19th with one of the worst starts to a campaign in the club’s history (it feels like we say this every year). Howe’s Achilles heel has been the poor defensive record of his teams, and it will be intereste=ing to see if that has been an area of improvement for him in his 15 months away from football. Newcastle currently have one of the worst defensive records in the Premier League with 23 goals let in thus far, and cannot afford to somehow get worse defensively.

Eddie’s first test will be against Brentford on the 20th of November, another team looking to survive relegation.