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Eddie Howe is pictured sitting in the crowd for Newcastle’s Premier League match against Brighton

Eddie Howe is shown sitting next to Amanda Staveley in the crowd for Newcastle’s Premier League game in Brighton as the former Bournemouth boss approaches his vacant manager position.

  • Newcastle is ready to confirm the appointment of Eddie Howe as its new boss
  • The former Bournemouth player is understood to be signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.
  • Howe was present at Amex Stadium on Saturday night for the game.
  • He sat next to Amanda Staveley, who helped buy Mike Ashley in October.
  • Howe knows he faces a difficult task to keep Newcastle in the top flight


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Eddie Howe spent Saturday afternoon in the company of his likely new boss, Amanda Staveley.

But he didn’t need to tell him that he has to work a miracle if Newcastle don’t beat Brentford at home in their next game in fifteen days.

After Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, Newcastle have started this season with 11 winless league games.

Future Newcastle manager Eddie Howe (second from right, bottom row) was photographed in the crowd at the club's away game against Brighton at Amex Stadium on Saturday night.

Future Newcastle manager Eddie Howe (second from right, bottom row) was photographed in the crowd at the club’s away game against Brighton at Amex Stadium on Saturday night.

He sat next to Amanda Staveley, whose consortium was bought by Mike Ashley in October.

He sat next to Amanda Staveley, whose consortium was bought by Mike Ashley in October.

He sat next to Amanda Staveley, whose consortium was bought by Mike Ashley in October.

Only twice before has a Premier League club survived the crash after such a poor start. Blackburn did it in 1996-97 and Derby in 2000-01. They both won their twelfth match. No club without a win in its first 12 games has dodged demotion.

Newcastle would be on an opening winless streak of a dozen if they don’t beat the Bees.

Their match roster through the end of the year looks daunting, with a trip to Arsenal rejuvenated after Brentford, then trips to Liverpool and Everton and home games against Manchester City and Manchester United in December.

Coach Graeme Jones (pictured) was in temporary charge of the game against the Seagulls

Coach Graeme Jones (pictured) was in temporary charge of the game against the Seagulls

Coach Graeme Jones (pictured) was in temporary charge of the game against the Seagulls

The relegation would likely shatter any plans by Newcastle’s new Saudi owners to move to the top of the game. The EFL’s ‘profitability and sustainability’ rules will limit your spending above what you earn.

The rules are stricter than in the first division. The MoS may also reveal that the president plans to pressure the EFL to put any attempts at ‘financial doping’ by Newcastle under special scrutiny, if they end up in the second tier.

“The Championship is already the toughest division in the country so there will be strong opposition if Newcastle ends up there and does not take financial responsibility,” said a source.

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