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Newcastle tie down manager Howe to ‘long-term deal’

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Newcastle manager Eddie Howe signed a new ‘long-term’ contract on Friday, just nine months after arriving at St James’ Park.

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Howe, who joined the club shortly after being taken over by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, led the Magpies to Premier League safety last season.

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“It’s a great feeling to dedicate your future to this incredible club,” Howe said.

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“I am very proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and enjoy every moment here.”

Newcastle were expected to spend big money in their first summer transfer window, backed by the Saudi State Investment Fund.

However, they have been relatively low-key so far, with just £60m ($73m) spent signing Dutch defender Sven Botman, goalkeeper Nick Pope and a permanent deal for left-back Matt Target.

“We’re still at the start of our journey, but it’s an exciting time to be part of Newcastle United and I’m very excited about our future together,” Howe added.

The former Bournemouth manager was criticized last season for not speaking out against human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement attributed to the club’s shareholders, Newcastle said: “We are delighted to have secured Eddie a long-term future.

“He is a young, dynamic and ambitious manager who suits Newcastle United well; we look forward to working with him and supporting him in our quest for long-term success.”

Newcastle start their Premier League season on Saturday at home to Nottingham Forest.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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