Newcastle set to appoint Eddie Howe as new manager today as Magpies 'preparing contract'


Newcastle are set to appoint Eddie Howe after agreeing a contract with the former Bournemouth boss, according to reports. The Magpies have been searching for a new manager since parting ways with Steve Bruce over two weeks ago and finally appear to have landed the veteran’s successor.  

It is a recruitment process that had grown slightly chaotic in recent days. Ex-Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca was initially the favourite to land the job but ‘advanced talks’ over his appointment collapsed.  

On Monday, it was reported that Unai Emery spearheaded Newcastle’s shortlist of candidates.  

Emery, still in charge of Villarreal, was expected to be in place for Newcastle’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Saturday.  

The 50-year-old was on a final two-man shortlist with Howe and Newcastle were prepared to pay the £5million it would cost to buy him out of his Villarreal contract, The Athletic claimed.  

However, Emery confirmed his desire to remain with the Europa League champions on Wednesday. That was understood to be a shock to some in the Newcastle ranks. 

Nevertheless, the Magpies’ new consortium, which is fronted by Amanda Staveley and 80 per cent backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, moved quickly to turn their attention to Howe. 

“We are in the market to compete for world-class players,” Staveley told journalists of Newcastle’s plans in the aftermath of the takeover.    

“We have great ambitions — I hope it’s going to be a game changer for Newcastle United.   

“But if you don’t put the infrastructure around that world-class player and you don’t have a team that can play with him, you’ll get nowhere.” 

She added: “The training ground is really awful and needs a huge amount of investment. Luckily, that is one area we are not restricted by Financial Fair Play. There is no point in having fantastic players if there is nowhere for them to train. 

“To get to the top of the Premier League you need a strong foundation, not just great players. They need to be robust and we need to build them.    

“We also want to invest in St James’ Park — it needs a little bit more love.”

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