So, Eddie Howe is edging ever closer to becoming the new manager of Newcastle United.
The 43-year-old has been in the frame ever since a move for Unai Emery broke down on Wednesday, however it was widely reported just yesterday that the formalities would not be completed in time for Saturday’s trip to Brighton.
However, if the BBC’s Ian Dennis is to be believed, the club are now hopeful he’ll be in the dugout this weekend and taking charge of his first game as new manager.
As reported below in a Thursday night update from Dennis – a senior reporter at the BBC – an agreement is ‘close’ and he is hoping to lead the team at The Amex tomorrow:
Guess which current Premier League team Howe has the best record against? Brighton. He’s won nine of his 16 games against the seagulls, losing just three times.
Although he may only have one training session with the team, his presence on Saturday could be a real boost, with some of that ‘new manager boost’ stemming from player’s sheer will to make a good first impression.
Current interim manager Graeme Jones is expected to remain at the club, with former Bournemouth trio Jason Tindall (assistant), Simon Weatherstone and Stephen Purchess set to join Howe’s coaching team on Tyneside.
So, after fearing Howe would arrive too late for this weekend’s game, it looks like he might just be in the dugout at Brighton – not just in the stands. Fingers crossed, folks!