It is official, Eddie Howe is the new manager of Newcastle United. The 43-yrs-old is the successor of Steve Bruce, who left after his 1000th game for the club. Howe has joined the Magpies after leaving his former club AFC Bournemouth after the 2019/20 campaign.
The English manager has signed a contract, tying him to St. James’ Park until 2024. He seems to have the full trust of the Newcastle board, believing he has the transformational capabilities that the club needs.
Earlier this season, Steve Bruce was relieved of his duties as the head coach, following a 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. Several managers were in contention to take over at Newcastle, including Paolo Fonseca and Unai Emery.
But Newcastle now have appointed Howe, after Emery affirmed his loyalty to Villarreal. While reports suggest that Howe has rejected Celtic offer earlier this year.
Can Howe be the manager who brings back Newcastle’s glory or will he just be another stepping stone?
Now that the takeover dust has cleared and the manager problems have been settled, the Magpies are ready for a new start in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Howe is thrilled to take over Newcastle United, as speaking to nufc.co.uk, the manager 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. 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.”
However, the manager has been under a lot of criticism after his signing. Several pundits and officials believe that Howe is not the best man to be Bruce’s replacement. These opinions arise from the fact that Bournemouth faced relegation in the 19/20 season, under Howe’s management. His only achievement is that he brought the Cherries in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history by winning the Championship in the 2014/15 season.
Trust and faith by owners could boost Howe’s confidence
Amidst the criticism, the fact that the Newcastle board is faithful in the Englishman’s methods proves that he does not lack calibre. Newcastle United co-owner, Amanda Staveley said:
“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.”
“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.”
11 games in and without a win, Newcastle currently sits 19th in the Premier League table. With all things clear, the manager will link up once again with his former players Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser. He will be in charge of Newcastle’s next game at home after the International Break, against Brentford. A win in his first game in charge could really lift up the hopes of the fans and the board.
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