Eddie Howe appointed Newcastle boss as new owners finally replace Steve Bruce

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Eddie Howe is the man tasked with keeping mega-rich Newcastle United in the Premier League after the Magpies confirmed his arrival.

Howe, 43, replaces Steve Bruce on Tyneside as the new hierarchy's painstaking search for a new boss finally comes to a close.

Newcastle currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are yet to win a single game this season, with supporters now fretting over their top flight status.

The north east outfit are now among the richest clubs in the world but the sole focus for Howe this season will be ensuring relegation is avoided.

The £300m Saudi takeover earlier this season means the former Bournemouth boss is likely to have significant funds to spend in January.

Howe, who has penned a deal until the summer of 2024, said: "It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family.

"This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.

"I would like to thank the club's owners for this opportunity and thank the club's supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together."

It would appear the ex-Bournemouth boss wasn't the first choice of the new owners, who began their search weeks ago when Bruce was axed following his 1000th game in management.

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Newcastle looked destined to appoint former Arsenal boss Unai Emery at the beginning of November before the Spaniard publicly pledged his loyalty to Villarreal.

The Europa League specialist told Toon bosses he was keen to take the job before changing his mind after his side's Champions League win over Young Boys.

Paulo Fonseca and Lucien Favre were also heavily linked at points – while reports suggest Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane and Xavi were all offered the north east role before turning it down.

Howe's arrival will see him reunited with Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser – two players who thrived under his management on the South Coast.

The ex-Burnley boss has a good track record of keeping clubs in the top flight after his success with Bournemouth.

Howe did fail to keep the Cherries in the division during his final season in charge but enjoyed five seasons of Premier League football with the club.

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