That is, in part, due to the new owners’ lofty ambitions, with Premier League glory the ultimate goal in the long term.
A lucrative recruitment drive is expected to help them get there, with Financial Fair Play regulations set to permit Newcastle a mammoth £190million transfer blowout in January.
Howe would be flanked by a director of football in the transfers department, although that position is still left vacant as co-owner Amanda Staveley prioritised the managerial position first and foremost.
Primary target Marc Overmars reportedly rejected the Magpies’ advances to stay at Ajax this week, sending them back to the drawing board.
Still, the appointment of a new manager is one significant step crossed off the list, with high-profile targets like Unai Emery and Paulo Fonseca falling by the wayside in recent weeks.