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Magpies set to swoop for Eddie Howe as new boss

Newcastle United could be finally set to announce their new manager after weeks of searching for Steve Bruce’s replacement.

It is understood that former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who has been out of work since 2020, is close to agreeing terms with the Tyneside club.

Magpies set to swoop for Eddie Howe as new boss

This could well perhaps be viewed as somewhat of an underwhelming appointment for Newcastle fans having previously been linked with the likes of Antonio Conte (who just joined Tottenham) and Unai Emery who turned them down to stay with Villarreal.

An appointment that offers promise?

During his managerial career, Howe has managed to divide opinion, almost equally, though there is no doubting the 43-year-old’s ability. He steered Bournemouth from the bottom of League 2 to the Premier League, where they performed admirably before being relegated after five seasons in the top flight.

Ex-England striker Dion Dublin has praised the manager insisting that he can do a good job at Newcastle, despite never managing a club with the status that the Magpies now have.

“Eddie Howe has good stock in the footballing world, in footballing circles,” said Dublin.

“He plays good stuff and he coaches very well. The players that play under him seem to enjoy playing for him.

“If they were to get Eddie, I don’t think it is a bad thing at all. It would be a very good appointment.”

Attractive football on the cards for Newcastle?

Howe earned a reputation for playing good, attacking football while in charge of the Cherries and this is exactly the kind that Newcastle fans crave. He will also be significantly aided in the transfer market, however, his managerial status may prove a problem when it comes to attracting star players.

It could mean that his transfer strategy is built around buying good youngsters with potential, such as Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell, or even his former player while at Bournemouth, David Brooks, who is a good footballer and who he knows well.

Regardless of who he brings in, Howe could certainly help to steer the club back in the right direction and ensure Premier League survival for this season in the first instance.