Newcastle United today appointed Eddie Howe as the club's first permanent manager since the Saudi Arabia-led consortium took over the club a month ago after the 43 year-old signed a two and a half year deal with an immediate remit to keep the club in The Premier League this season then kick on and challenge in future seasons to come.
The former Bournemouth boss has been out of football management since August 2020 after parting ways with the South Coast club that he took from League Two to The Premier League following relegation to The Championship in the 2020/21 season and he turned down the chance to manage Celtic in May 2021 waiting for the right job.
Howe has a strong reputation in the English game as being a bright, positive and forward-thinking manager who likes his teams to play attacking football the right way and his career so far has been defined by masterminding Bournemouth's rise from the lower echelons of English football to establishment in The Premier League including some stunning victories over the cream of the top flight including Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and home & away victories over Chelsea including this 4-0 rout:
A year before that 4-0 win over Chelsea at The Vitality Stadium, Howe had guided The Cherries to a 3-0 win over Antonio Conte's Chelsea which an ecstatic Howe hailed Bournemouth "best result" in The Premier League and this Coaches' Voice Masterclass gives a real insight into his football brain and tactical thinking and Newcastle fans will surely love his "attack is the best form of defence" mantra.
Judging by social media, the vast majority of Newcastle fans will welcome Eddie Howe's appointment with open arms and look forward to seeing The Magpies playing more attacking football on the front foot which is 'the Newcastle way' established by its three best modern managers Kevin Keegan, Sir Bobby Robson and Alan Pardew, who all returned European football back to St James Park.
Bournemouth fans who are clearly thankful for Howe's transformation of their club as both player and manager from the very bottom of League Two to several seasons in The Premier League also gave enthusiastic recommendations for their former boss:
A majority of football pundits and journalists have also been supportive of Howe:
including former Magpie Michael Owen, who has worked him for Premier League TV:
and Alan Shearer, whose voiced his approval of the appointment on Match of the Day:
Howe was at The Amex Stadium in Brighton on Saturday night sitting next to new Newcastle owner Amanda Staveley:
and saw Newcastle's Isaac Hayden equalise a Seagulls penalty in the second half to gain a valuable away point that could have been all three had Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez not brought down Callum Wilson when through on goal but the result and performance will leave Howe under no illusions about the task ahead facing him although he will be working again with Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser & Matt Ritchie from their Cherries days together and will be hoping to transform The Magpies' fortunes.