Newcastle put faith in Howe

Newcastle put faith in Howe

Newcastle United (8/1 – top-four finish) have received a boost on the eve of their opening match of the new Premier League season as manager Eddie Howe has signed a new long-term contract.

Former Bournemouth boss Howe was only appointed last November, replacing Steve Bruce, who was sacked following a dismal start to the season and soon after the club were taken over by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.

Howe inherited a side sat 19th in the standings and five points adrift of safety, but he masterminded a superb second half of the season, as the Magpies finished 11th, a full 14 points clear of the relegation zone.

The 44-year-old, who originally signed a deal to keep him on Tyneside until the summer of 2024, has now been rewarded for his efforts with a new long-term contract and he certainly had no doubts about putting pen to paper.

“I’m extremely proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and have enjoyed every moment here,” Howe told reporters.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to acknowledge my coaching team, the players, staff and supporters. They make it a very special place to be every day.

“I’d also like to extend my gratitude to our owners and to [sporting director] Dan Ashworth. We are still at the start of our journey, but this is an exciting time to be a part of Newcastle United and I’m very excited about the future together.”

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The news of Howe penning fresh terms will certainly hand Newcastle a boost ahead of their Premier League opener against newly-promoted Nottingham Forest at St James’ Park on Saturday (Newcastle 4/6, Draw 11/4, Nottingham Forest 5/1 – Match Result).

Confidence will already be high within the Magpies camp, as only Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham have picked up more Premier League points during 2022.

Howe has also strengthened his squad significantly over the summer following the arrivals of the likes of Sven Botman and Nick Pope.

Those two players are in line to make their debuts against Forest, but Jonjo Shelvey has been ruled out with a hamstring issue, while Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis are sidelined with calf problems.

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Author: Lucas Carlson