Covid-19 scuppers Howe’s Newcastle debut


Eddie Howe will miss what ought to have been his first match as Newcastle supervisor, at home to Brentford within the Premier League on Saturday, after testing constructive for Covid-19.

“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be there with you all at St James’ Park tomorrow, but it is incredibly important that I follow the guidelines and self-isolate,” Howe advised Newcastle’s web site on Friday.

“I’d like to reassure everyone that I feel fine, and while this is unwelcome news for me, I know it hasn’t derailed our preparations for what is an important game.”

The 43-year-old former Bournemouth supervisor added: “I have been, and will be, in constant communication with my coaching team and the players, both tomorrow and during the week, and I know they will be giving everything on and off the pitch.”

Assistant coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will lead Newcastle in Howe’s absence, the membership mentioned.

Newcastle are nonetheless trying to find a primary Premier League win of the season however there may be renewed optimism on the northeast aspect following a current Saudi-led takeover.

Howe was employed earlier this month as Newcastle’s rich new house owners search to remodel their membership after years within the wilderness and he’s beneath enormous strain to ship at a membership who final gained a serious trophy again in 1969.

Newcastle have collected simply 5 of the primary 33 factors on supply within the Premier League this season and are 5 factors from security.

But Howe, who has been out of labor since he left south coast Bournemouth in August 2020, was adamant Newcastle might bridge the hole.

“At Bournemouth, every year we were in a relegation battle,” he mentioned earlier than his constructive take a look at outcome was introduced. “For the first four years, we achieved our objective and stayed in the Premier League.”

Newcastle’s new house owners continued their overhaul of the membership on Friday, saying that managing director Lee Charnley had left St James’ Park following a handover interval.

He successfully served as Newcastle’s most hands-on govt whereas earlier proprietor Mike Ashley typically stayed away from Tyneside.

Charnley, who had been with Newcastle for 22 years, might be changed with a brand new chief govt sooner or later, the membership mentioned.

Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley mentioned: “I would like to thank Lee sincerely for his support and professionalism during this time of change. His knowledge and assistance have been hugely appreciated by the club’s new board.”

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