Eddie Howe has been named as the next head coach of Newcastle United, succeeding Steve Bruce.
Howe has not managed since leaving Bournemouth in August 2020 following relegation. He has signed a deal until the summer of 2024.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us,” Howe told Newcastle’s website.
After 11 games, Newcastle is 19th in the table, five points adrift of safety.
On Saturday, Howe sat in the stands as Newcastle drew 1-1 with Brighton in the Premier League.
“I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players,” he added.
“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.”
The Magpies approached Villarreal manager Unai Emery about taking over as their new manager, but he declined.
Through a “rigorous recruitment process,” Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley said the club had been “incredibly impressed” by Howe.
Eddie Howe will now be tasked to steer the ship of the Saudi-Arabian backed ownership of the club
Eddie Howe is an English manager who previously did a good job with Bournemouth, helping them earn promotion to the English top flight from league 2. Though he did a good job in keeping the club in the premier league for a season or two, things turned sour after a very poor season which threatened relegation and he was dismissed but that however did not change the clubs misfortunes as they were ultimately relegated