Eddie Howe Has A Lot Of Work To Do At Newcastle
There's no honeymoons in the relegation zone.
Eddie Howe has been named Newcastle United's new Head Coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal until the summer of 2024.
Howe is the first manager to be appointed by the club's new Saudi backed owners - replacing the recently sacked cabbage patch kid, Steve Bruce who failed to win a game all season.
It's the 43-year-old's first managerial job since August 2020 when he left Bournemouth following the club's relegation from the Premier League. He'd previously spent 11 years as a player at Bournemouth before taking over as manager - guiding the club from the fourth tier of English football all the way to the Premier League.
In a statement, Howe 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."
He also said there's a lot of work ahead - and there sure is. Newcastle are tied with lowly Norwich on points, and have looked out of shape and deflated in their opening 11 matches.
Howe's first order of business will be implementing a proper fitness regiment, and adding some motivation and organization to the squad.
Undoubtedly, Howe will have a sizeable budget in the January transfer window. But it will be key to spend that money on the right players - that can get the Toon out of a relegation scrap. Survival is the mentality this season. Bigger things are for later.
The question on many Newcastle fans minds - yours truly among them - can this squad play better? And are they both mentally, and physically able to get out of the relegation zone.
Howe has just over six months to answer those questions before the end of the 2021/22 Premier League season. In that time - he'll define and shape the future of Newcastle.