Howe has emerged as Newcastle’s choice after Salika missed out on target number one Unai Emery. He is who made it clear on Wednesday that he would stay in charge of Villarreal.
Negotiations between Newcastle and Howe have progressed in detail over plans for the club. And the coaching staff, while Sky Sports reports that a preliminary agreement has been reached for a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Negotiations are expected to be finalized soon. But may not be in time for Brighton’s away game on Saturday.
Eddie Howe is close to agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal to become Newcastle’s head coach
We understand he would also have been the man the previous ownership turned to had Steve Bruce been sacked on their watch. Lee Charnley the managing director who remains at the club. This is thought to have supported Howe’s cause in light of the takeover.
His name did not have the backing of all members close to the new consortium when first floated four weeks ago. But Amanda Staveley was always keen to speak with Howe and he was interviewed last week.
Eddie Howe has initially agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Newcastle
However, he thought he had missed out on the role when Villarreal’s Unai Emery emerged as the preferred candidate over the weekend.
The Spaniard’s advisers – including his brother. Igor were in the UK this week in anticipation of his unveiling ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Brighton on Saturday. But when Emery performed a U-turn late on Tuesday night, attention returned to Howe.
Some of his former Bournemouth players in the Newcastle dressing-room had already communicated their support for their old boss to Staveley.
Howe also impressed during his interview by outlining his vision for immediate improvement. With Newcastle winless and 19th in the Premier League.