Newcastle’s new Saudi-led regime has finally appointed its first coach, and Eddie Howe has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to take over St James’ Park.
The 43-year-old had been out of work since leaving Bournemouth following his relegation from the Premier League two seasons ago, but after talks progressed last week and he saw his draw at Brighton from the stands, Howe was officially confirmed in the publication. on Monday.
“It is a great honor to become the head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It’s a very proud day for me and my family, ” Howe said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead and I am looking forward to getting into training camp to start working with the players.
“ I would like to thank the owners of the club for this opportunity and thank the fans of the club for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I’m very excited to start our journey together. ‘
Howe is perhaps a surprising choice to lead what is now the world’s richest club after the recent £ 305 million acquisition, with the new owners enjoying the financial might of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, which is worth more than £ 300 billion. The club will be able to spend part of those funds for the first time in January amid a fierce battle against relegation.
His name did not have the endorsement of all close members of the new consortium when it first floated four weeks ago, with Unai Emery becoming the clearly favored candidate, but the Spaniard rejected one approach and has stayed with Villarreal.
Amanda Staveley, however, was always willing to talk to Howe and was interviewed two weeks ago. Some of his former Bournemouth players in the Newcastle dressing room, including Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie, had already communicated their support for their former boss to Staveley.
Eddie Howe has landed the role of leader in Newcastle, the richest football club in the world.
Newcastle’s new Saudi owners, led by Amanda Staveley (right) with her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, have made their first managerial appointment since they sealed a £ 305 million acquisition
The club now enjoys the incredible wealth of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, which is worth more than £ 300 billion. Pictured is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.
Staveley said: “We have been incredibly impressed by Eddie through what has been a rigorous hiring process.
In addition to his obvious accomplishments with AFC Bournemouth, where he had a transformative impact, he is a passionate and dynamic coach who has clear ideas on how to move this team and the club forward.
‘He fits in perfectly with what we are trying to build here. We are delighted to welcome Eddie and his staff to St. James ‘Park and we look forward to working together towards our collective ambitions.’
Sportsmail understands that Howe would also 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.
After watching at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Saturday, Howe will now work towards his first game in charge, a home game against Brentford on November 20 after the international break.
Acting boss Graeme Jones believes that while Howe is inheriting a winless team in the league and sat 19th, five points from safety, there is a union he can build on.
“I think he has seen a union, I think he has seen a team that added a little more possession, a little more control, especially in the second half of the ball,” Jones said.
“I think he will inherit a team that without the ball was prepared and able to put pressure on a brilliant Brighton team by putting pressure on football and staying on top of the field.
“So I think he will have seen that it has improved since Crystal Palace.”
Howe spent 11 years with Bournemouth in two separate stints, the second lasting eight seasons, and he pulled off a major milestone in taking them from League One to the Premier League with limited resources.
He began his first spell with the club at the foot of League 2 and fought a point deduction to maintain his Football League status in 2009.
New Newcastle manager 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 Staveley (second from left), whose consortium was bought by Mike Ashley in October.
Howe seemed keen to return to management with Celtic earlier this year before the Scottish team appointed Ange Postecoglou after negotiations broke down.
Howe thought he had lost the job when Emery emerged as the preferred candidate last weekend.
The Spaniard’s advisers, including his brother, Igor, were in the UK last week in anticipation of his presentation ahead of the trip from Newcastle to Brighton.
But when Emery made a U-turn late last Tuesday night, the focus returned to Howe.
Howe also impressed during his interview by outlining his vision for immediate improvement, with Newcastle not winning in the Premier League.
Despite finishing in relegation, Howe led Bournemouth from League Two to the Premier League
Unai Emery took a U-turn late Tuesday night to stay with Spanish Villarreal
Emery went to sleep about his future with a statement saying that he is staying at Villarreal
It is believed that he shared the hierarchy’s view that fitness levels and organization could be better, and that the current team is performing well below its capabilities after an 11-game winless start.
Howe is happy to be working alongside current acting boss Jones and is expected to add coaches Stephen Perches, Jason Tindall and Simon Weatherstone to his backroom staff at St James’.
Newcastle face a decisive run in their season with Brentford, Norwich and Burnley, all in the next four.
Howe has the support of some of his former Bournemouth players now in Newcastle, including star forward Callum Wilson (left, with Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles in training)
Howe has committed to a two and a half year contract to become Newcastle’s head coach