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Eddie Howe agrees to be Newcastle manager

05/11/2021; 2:45 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Unai Emery was ahead on the queue for the job, but the Spaniard turned down the offer and announced he was staying put at Villarreal.

Following their recent takeover, Newcastle United may be a super-rich club, but they’re not yet a super club. After the departure of Steve Bruce, everyone expected the signing of a new manager to be a walk in the park. The big-name managers do not find the allure of the oil cash by the Saudi-backed club attractive enough.

Finding an A-List manager has proven easier said than done, with the available ones not interested in the project at Newcastle. Newcastle have humbled themselves in the choice of a new manager.

Antonio Conte was in the market, but the Italian chose to go to Tottenham. Zinedine Zidane is still enjoying his sabbatical, while others don’t want to break their contract at their respective clubs.

Eddie Howe is a name that was not in the pot until recently. The former Bournemouth manager has now agreed to fill the vacant post left behind with the sacking of Steve Bruce.

Eddie Howe to become Newcastle manager

The search for a new manager at Newcastle may have come to an end. Rumours were surrounding Newcastle and a high profile manager. Yet, reports suggest they have settled for a manager that is not exactly ‘high profile’.

As per Sky Sports, Newcastle have now penned Eddie Howe to become their manager following the sacking of Steve Bruce. Howe held more talks with the club this week. He has now agreed on a deal in principle for two-and-a-half years.

There were discussions this week with the finer details of the make-up of his backroom staff making up the topic of discussion.

The new owners of the club were satisfied with Howe’s views on the club. With that sorted, the finer details of the agreements with his backroom staff are next on the agenda.

Discussions between Newcastle and Eddie Howe are at an advanced stage. It is unlikely that Howe will be in the dugout this weekend for the Premier League match between Newcastle and Brighton on Saturday. However, both parties are hopeful of finalising the details before the weekend.

Why Newcastle settled for Howe

Eddie Howe was not Newcastle’s first-choice candidate for the managerial job. After the sacking of Steve Bruce, the club had hoped to get a high profile manager that would help the club through their relegation woes and place them in a position to challenge for titles.

Earlier this week, Unai Emery was top of the bill to take over from Bruce, but the Spaniard pulled out of the running to clear the path for Eddie Howe.

Emery declared that Villarreal is his home, and he is 100% committed to the club. 

Following the relegation of Bournemouth, Eddie Howe left the club in 2020 and has been without a club since. Earlier in the year, he was in talks to take over at Celtic before Ange Postecoglou was appointed.

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