Newcastle United’s new head coach, Eddie Howe, has been appointed for a two-and-a-half-year contract until the summer of 2024, according to a statement released by the English Premier League club on Monday.
Following the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of the Geordie team last month, Howe is the first manager to be appointed by the club’s new owners.
Steve Bruce, who was fired by mutual consent in October after failing to win a game this season, is replaced by the Englishman.
“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United,” Howe said in the statement. “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,” Howe added.
Howe’s first game in charge will be against newly promoted Brentford on November 20 at St. James’ Park.
It’s the 43-year-first old’s managerial job since leaving Bournemouth in August 2020 after the club was relegated from the English Premier League.
Before taking over as manager of Bournemouth, Howe spent 11 years as a player with the club.
In two spells as manager of Bournemouth, he took the club from the fourth tier of English football to the Premier League, where they stayed for five seasons.
Howe is one of only a few managers to have guided their team through all three divisions on their way to Premier League promotion.
“Eddie has incredibly impressed us throughout what has been a rigorous recruitment process,” said Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Stavely.
“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.
“He is a great fit for what we are trying to build here. We are delighted to welcome Eddie and his staff to St. James’ Park and very much look forward to working together towards our collective ambitions.”
Having worked with Newcastle players Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, and Matt Ritchie during his time at Bournemouth, the Englishman is familiar with them.
Howe takes over a Newcastle team that is currently in relegation trouble and has yet to win a Premier League game this season.
With five points, the club is in 19th place in the table, six points from safety.