Newcastle United hand ‘ambitious’ Eddie Howe new long-term deal

Newcastle United have given manager Eddie Howe their full backing after agreeing a new long-term deal with the 44-year-old.

Howe replaced Steve Bruce at St James' Park last November and guided the club to top-flight safety.

The Magpies had a one-way ticket to the Championship at the time of his arrival, with the club failing to win any of their first 11 games of the season.

Nevertheless, the former Bournemouth boss inspired a spectacular turnaround which culminated with the club winning 12 of their last 18 league outings.

A club statement said: "Newcastle United are delighted to confirm that head coach Eddie Howe has signed a new long-term contract at St. James' Park.

"Howe joined the Magpies in November 2021, shortly after a takeover of the club by an investment group comprising PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.

"The team was still pursuing its first Premier League win of the season at the time of Howe's arrival, however he guided United to 11th place during the 2021/22 campaign, finishing 14 points clear of the bottom three and just two points off the top 10."

Commenting on Howe's new deal, the club's shareholders said: "We are excited to have secured Eddie's long-term future.

"He is a young, dynamic and ambitious coach who fits Newcastle United well; we look forward to working with him and supporting him as we strive towards achieving long-term success."

Howe will lead the Magpies into their first fixture of the new season against promoted Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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