Howe excited to begin Newcastle 'journey'

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Eddie Howe has vowed to make the most of a "wonderful opportunity" after taking the helm at Newcastle United on a deal until summer 2024.

The 43-year-old has returned to top-level coaching for the first time since quitting Bournemouth in August 2020 after their relegation to the Championship.

Howe sat in the directors' box at the Amex Stadium on Saturday to watch Newcastle battle to a 1-1 Premier League draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

He inherits a Magpies squad beleaguered after Steve Bruce's exit, languishing second bottom but with the club starting a new era after the rich Saudi-backed takeover.

"It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the statute and history of Newcastle United," Howe said.

"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 on 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."

Howe has been out of the game since stepping down from his eight-year second stint at Bournemouth.

His two spells with the south-coast club - which came either side of a brief time with Burnley - saw him lead the Cherries from the League Two relegation zone to the Premier League, where he kept them for five years.

Howe's reputation flourished at the peak of Bournemouth's top-flight powers, with England having considered him as an option before appointing Gareth Southgate.

Newcastle's new ownership has appointed him as the man to steer the St James' Park club forward, after former custodian Mike Ashley's exit.

The club's lengthy process to appoint Howe finally ended after ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery opted to stay at Villarreal.

"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," Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley said.

"He is a great fit for what we are trying to build here."

Howe will have the international break to work with Magpies players not on international duty before promoted Brentford head for Tyneside for his first fixture in charge on November 20.

There will be a series of familiar faces in the Newcstle dressing room - striker Callum Wilson and midfielders Matt Ritchie and Ryan Fraser all worked under him during his time with the Cherries.

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