Newcastle owners ‘fixing’ Eddie Howe contract issue with verbal agreement already in place

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Newcastle United are still working on the finer details of Eddie Howe’s appointment after striking a verbal agreement with the former Bournemouth manager to take charge at St James’ Park, according to reports. The Magpies are widely expected to announce Howe as their new boss over the coming days following the exit of Steve Bruce, who left by mutual consent last month after a turbulent spell at the helm.

A number of big names were previously linked with the vacancy at Newcastle, who have emerged as one of the richest-owned clubs in world football after the recent completion of their lucrative Saudi-led takeover.

The likes of Paulo Fonseca, Frank Lampard and Unai Emery were mentioned in connection with the role before Howe transpired as the overwhelming favourite earlier this week.

The 43-year-old has been without a job in management since leaving Bournemouth after the Cherries were relegated from the Premier League in the summer of 2020.

He was approached by Celtic following the departure of Neil Lennon earlier this year but turned down their advances in order to wait for the right project.

It seems as though Howe has settled on a return to the dugout with Newcastle, but the papers are yet to be signed and sealed as of yet.

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The Amersham native has verbally agreed to join the Magpies and will pen a two-and-a-half-year contract when every detail is finalised, according to Fabrizio Romano.

It is claimed that Newcastle’s board members are looking to wrap up an agreement with Howe’s backroom staff in order to rubber-stamp the move and end their search for a new manager.

Those in command at St James’ Park have been working on the issue since Friday morning, with a solution expected to be found in due course.

Howe is reportedly keen on bringing Stephen Purches, Simon Weatherstone and Jason Tindall, who took charge of Bournemouth upon the former’s exit last year, with him to Tyneside as he looks to get Newcastle’s season back on track.

The Magpies are currently second from bottom in the Premier League table and remain winless after a defeat and a draw under the guidance of interim boss Graeme Jones.

The latter has already waxed lyrical over Howe and his coaching staff, tipping the Bournemouth legend to take the Magpies in a positive direction if he is appointed in the near future.

“I know their method of work,” Jones, who is expected to stick around at Newcastle after Howe’s arrival, told reporters on Friday.

“It is high-tempo attacking football with momentum. Their sessions were innovative, stimulating and detailed.

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“That was under Jason, Stephen and Simon but I would imagine that work came together under Eddie Howe. So, if they do come in here, I have a good idea of what they stand for.

“I know the work they did at Bournemouth was elite work. It’s impressive and it is elite.

“I got an inside view of their method when I worked for Jason and I felt I learned when I was down there. If the speculation is correct we will transfer into that method.

“They are also very pragmatic and pay attention to the off-the-ball aspect because you are only as good as how you defend.”

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