Newcastle United have ended their search for a new head coach by appointing Eddie Howe on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Graeme Jones had been in temporary charge of the Magpies since Steve Bruce departed by mutual consent following a takeover that saw Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund take an 80 per cent share in the club, becoming the richest owner in world football.
Brendan Rodgers, Paulo Fonseca, Lucien Favre and Roberto Martinez were linked with role before Villarreal coach Unai Emery snubbed the Premier League strugglers.
Instead, former Bournemouth manager Howe was on Monday confirmed as Bruce’s successor after he watched on from the stands as Newcastle drew 1-1 at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth in August 2020 following their relegation to the Championship.
The 43-year-old worked wonders during two spells in charge of the Cherries, masterminding an astonishing rise from League Two to the top flight, and reportedly turned Celtic down before Ange Postecoglou took the hotseat with the Glasgow giants.
Across his time with Bournemouth and a stint in between at Burnley, Howe has overseen 545 career games as a coach, winning 228 of them.
In the Premier League, he won 56 of 190 matches, with his best season seeing Bournemouth earn 46 points and finish ninth in 2016-17.
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