Two Newcastle stars played key role in Eddie Howe becoming new boss after Unai Emery snub

And Howe will need to keep the striker fit if his new side are to stand any chance of being the drop.

Ritchie, meanwhile, spent three years in Dorset after signing from Swindon in 2013 and notched 31 goals in 142 games for the team.

The 32-year-old hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League action for Newcastle this season and will be hoping to keep his place in the side following the appointment of Howe.

Howe arrives at St James’ Park after Unai Emery apparently rejected the chance to join the Magpies.

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