A source from Newcastle United has revealed that there are now talks taking place with Eddie Howe ahead of potentially making him their next manager.
The Lowdown: Second choice?
The Athletic reported just yesterday that Howe was the alternative option to Unai Emery to take charge at St. James’ Park, with the latter originally looking likely to be the next permanent manager.
Should Newcastle have hired Howe?
However, Emery has recently released a statement claiming that he is now going to stay at Villarreal, meaning that they have to look at other candidates, as the new owners scramble to get someone in before the weekend.
Nonetheless, it looks as if Howe is now the favourite to take over from Graeme Jones.
The Latest: Howe talks
Speaking to Football Insider, a Tyneside club source has now revealed that terms are being negotiated with Howe over his potential appointment, and that Amanda Staveley is ‘confident’ that they will get their man.
The Magpies have turned ‘quickly’ to Howe, after Emery had doubts over the club’s strategy.
Should both parties reach a full agreement, then Howe should be appointed in time for their weekend clash against Brighton and Hove Albion.
The former AFC Bournemouth boss is ‘willing’ to work alongside Jones, and this is believed to be a ‘critical factor’.
The Verdict: Good fit
Howe is certainly a good fit for the Magpies for the predicament that they find themselves in at the moment.
Even though he did bring the Cherries back down to the Championship after five straight seasons in the Premier League (Transfermarkt), he at least has experience of fighting relegation battles, and his route of getting them up to the top flight in the first place should certainly not go unnoticed – the South coast outfit had a fraction of the resources as the Magpies now will.
Former Premier League boss Harry Redknapp lauded the ‘incredible’ job that he did at Bournemouth, while even the great Sir Alex Ferguson rates him as well, praising him during the summer amidst links to Celtic.
Howe certainly has his admirers, and given that he is out of work, should be far more attainable for the consortium.
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