Newcastle head coach Howe signs new long-term deal

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Eddie Howe has signed a new long-term contract with Newcastle United on the eve of their first Premier League game of the season against Nottingham Forest.

Howe was appointed as Magpies boss last November on a deal until 2024 following the sacking of Steve Bruce.

Newcastle's wealthy owners charged the former Bournemouth manager with the task of guiding the club out of the Premier League relegation zone to safety at the start of a new era following their takeover.

It was very much mission accomplished for the 44-year-old, as the Tyneside club surged up the table to finish last season in 11th place.

Howe was on Friday rewarded with a new deal as his side prepare to take on top-flight newcomers Forest at St James' Park.

"It's a great feeling to commit my future to this incredible club," said Howe. "I'm extremely proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and have enjoyed every moment here.

"I'd like to take the opportunity to acknowledge my coaching team, the players, staff and supporters. They make it a very special place to be every day.

"I'd also like to extend my gratitude to our owners and to Dan Ashworth [Newcastle sporting director]. We are still at the start of our journey, but this is an exciting time to be a part of Newcastle United and I'm very excited about the future together."

Ashworth said: "I'm delighted Eddie has committed his long-term future to Newcastle United. He is an incredibly talented leader and has had a huge impact since being appointed in November.

"In the short period of time I have worked with him, I have seen how much of a diligent, detailed, hard-working coach and leader he is.

"This is great news for the club and I am looking forward to working with Eddie and our colleagues on our exciting journey ahead."

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