Newcastle United owners react as Eddie Howe signs new long-term contract as head coach

Eddie Howe has signed a new long-term contract as Newcastle United head coach.

Eddie Howe has signed a new long-term contract as Newcastle United’s head coach.

The 44-year-old joined the Magpies in November last year, succeeding Steve Bruce, who was sacked after just one game under the new ownership of PCP Partners, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and RB Sports & Media.

United were in the Premier League relegation zone when Howe took charge but he transformed the club’s fortunes once the New Year arrived.

A total of 38 points so far in 2022, bettered only by Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, saw Howe guide Newcastle to an 11th placed finish - ending the campaign 14 points above of the bottom three and just two points off the top 10.

As Howe prepares his team for the new season, the former Bournemouth manager has been rewarded with a new contract on the eve of the opener against Nottingham Forest at St James’ Park.

Eddie Howe on his new long-term contract

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe has signed a new contract. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Howe said: “It’s a great feeling to commit my future to this incredible club. I’m extremely proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and have enjoyed every moment here.

“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 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.”

What Dan Ashworth said

Dan Ashworth, sporting director of Newcastle, said: “I’m delighted Eddie has committed his long-term future to Newcastle United. He is an incredibly talented leader and has had a huge impact since being appointed in November.

Newcastle United’s new sporting director Dan Ashworth.

“In the short period of time I have worked with him, I have seen how much of a diligent, detailed, hard-working coach and leader he is.

“This is great news for the club and I am looking forward to working with Eddie and our colleagues on our exciting journey ahead.”

The owners react

The club’s shareholders, i.e the owners, added: “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.”