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Newcastle are ready to appoint Eddie Howe as their new head coach on a two and a half year contract.

Newcastle is set to name Eddie Howe as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract as Saudi-led owners turn to the former Bournemouth boss following Unai Emery’s U-turn.

  • Former Bournemouth boss thought he had missed Newcastle’s job
  • But Unai Emery took a 180-degree turn late on Tuesday to stay at Villarreal.
  • Eddie Howe will now be named head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.


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Eddie Howe has agreed to a two and a half year contract in principle to become Newcastle’s head coach.

The 43-year-old has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth following his relegation from the Premier League two seasons ago.

But after talks moved forward on Thursday, Howe will be confirmed as the first managerial appointment of Newcastle’s Saudi-led regime.

Eddie Howe is close to reaching a two-and-a-half-year deal to become Newcastle's head coach.

Eddie Howe is close to reaching a two-and-a-half-year deal to become Newcastle’s head coach.

We understand that he too would have been the man the previous owner had approached if Steve Bruce had been fired under his command. Lee Charnley, the managing director who remains at the club, is believed to have supported Howe’s cause in light of the acquisition.

Her name was not endorsed by all close members of the new consortium when it first surfaced four weeks ago, but Amanda Staveley was always open to talking to Howe and was interviewed last week.

However, he thought the role had been lost when Villarreal’s Unai Emery emerged as the preferred candidate over the weekend.

The Spaniard’s advisers, including his brother Igor, were in the UK this week in anticipation of his presentation ahead of the trip from Newcastle to Brighton on Saturday. But when Emery made a U-turn late Tuesday night, the focus returned to Howe.

Unai Emery took a U-turn on Tuesday night to stay at Spanish Villarreal

Unai Emery took a U-turn on Tuesday night to stay at Spanish Villarreal

Unai Emery took a U-turn on Tuesday night to stay at Spanish Villarreal

Some of his former Bournemouth players in the Newcastle dressing room had already communicated their support for their former boss to Staveley.

Howe also impressed during his interview by outlining his vision for immediate improvement, with Newcastle winless and 19th in the Premier League.

It is believed that he shared the hierarchy’s opinion that fitness levels and organization could be better, and that the current team is performing well below its capabilities after a 10-game winless start.

Howe is happy to be working alongside current acting boss Graeme Jones and is expected to add coaches Stephen Perches, Jason Tindall and Simon Weatherstone to his back room.

Jones is likely to continue leading the team in Brighton after a full week of preparation, but Howe will be in the stands at least if a deal is signed on Friday.

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