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Howe insists joining Newcastle ´a football decision´

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 10 Nov 2021

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New Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe insisted joining the club was “a football decision” as he faced questions over the human rights record of Saudi Arabia.

A consortium that included Saudi Arabia’s public wealth fund took control of Newcastle in a reported £305million deal, which was approved by the Premier League last month.

The takeover has been met with criticism from some supporters due to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, but new Magpies manager Howe was reluctant to debate the topic.

Ex-Bournemouth boss Howe maintained that he was only focused on football and the stature of the Tyneside club when he decided to take the job.

“Naturally, this is a football decision,” Howe said at his official unveiling. “I’m absolutely delighted to be the manager of Newcastle. 

“My focus is football. Running the team, managing the players. That’s all I’m going to talk about and that’s all I’m going to think about.

“Everything just felt right. The pull of the club is huge, the size of the club, the history of the club. Obviously the new, ambitious plans, the new owners, knowing some of the players, the squad.

“I just thought it was a perfect fit for me. Yes, I’ve had lots of other options, but I wanted to take my time and really be utilising my time away from the game. I feel refreshed, energised and ready to start work.”

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