It’s official! Eddie Howe is the new head coach of Newcastle United!
The club have confirmed that the 43-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the club, keeping him on Tyneside until the summer of 2024.
Howe has spent the last 15 months out of management following his departure from Bournemouth last year, with his spell on the South Coast seeing him take the Cherries from League Two strugglers to 9th in the Premier League in their first season following promotion.
Here’s the official statement released by the club to confirm his appointment, followed by Howe’s first words as the new Newcastle United boss (via NUFC.co.uk):
Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach on a contract until summer 2024.
The 43-year-old arrives on Tyneside having left AFC Bournemouth last summer, ending a long affiliation with the Cherries as a successful player and manager.
As well as amassing more than 300 senior appearances for the south coast side as a player, he also has the distinction of managing AFC Bournemouth through all four tiers of English football, culminating in five years in the Premier League between 2015 and 2020.
Eddie said: “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. 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 onto 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.”
Further announcements on Eddie’s first official press conference and first team coaching appointments will follow in due course.
It’s a risk, but this may just be one worth taking on man who should not be defined by the recent relegation added to an otherwise impressive CV.
It takes something special to take a struggling club from the depths of League Two to the top half of the Premier League, with him not only a hard worker, a clear communicator and a deep thinker, but a meticulous manager who will demand 100% commitment and attempt to get us playing the sort of front-foot football we’ve desired for many years now.
Howe-ay The Lads!