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Eddie Howe agrees deal in principle to become Newcastle manager

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe held additional talks with Newcastle this week after Villarreal boss Unai Emery ruled himself out of becoming Steve Bruce's permanent successor; Howe has now agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal in principle

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Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie reports that Newcastle are in talks with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe over their vacant managerial position

Eddie Howe has agreed a deal in principle to become the new Newcastle manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The former Bournemouth and Burnley boss held additional talks with Newcastle this week regarding their vacant managerial role.

The finer details of his plans for the club were discussed as well as the make-up of his backroom team.

Newcastle's owners were impressed with the way Howe presented his views on the club, and his level of detail and research.

Attention will now turn to sorting agreements with Howe's backroom staff.

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Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie says he expects Newcastle interim boss Graeme Jones to be in charge of Saturday's match at Brighton

At this stage, it is unlikely he will be in the dugout for Saturday's Premier League match at Brighton but there is an appetite from both sides to complete the appointment in time for this weekend's match.

Howe has been without a management role since leaving Bournemouth in 2020 following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

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He had been in talks to become Celtic manager earlier this year prior to the appointment of Ange Postecoglou but negotiations broke down.

Newcastle's decision to pursue a deal with Howe comes after Villarreal manager Unai Emery ruled himself out of the running to become Steve Bruce's permanent successor at St James' Park.

The former Arsenal boss held talks with Newcastle's hierarchy earlier this week, but held reservations about joining the club, despite being their No 1 choice to replace Bruce.

Steve Bruce on the touchline at Vicarage Road
Image: Newcastle have been without a permanent manager since Steve Bruce was sacked

In a statement released on his Twitter account, Emery said: "For all the noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there has been transparency and loyalty with the Roig family, that for me is most important.

"Villarreal is my home and I am 100 per cent committed to the club.

Eddie Howe

"Honestly, I am grateful for the interest shown by a great club, but am also even more grateful to stay here, and I have communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue as part of this project and for the commitment and respect that I have received from the club and my players, it is mutual and reciprocated.

"I also want to show gratitude for the love and support that has always been shown to me. This Sunday, we have a very important game and I hope that, together, we can achieve victory. We will see you in the Estadio Ceramica."

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