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Eddie Howe takes first Newcastle training session after starting work at 7am on opening day

Eddie Howe takes charge of first Newcastle training session after being named as the club’s first manager under new Saudi ownership this week… after getting into the training ground at 7am to begin first day

  • Eddie Howe was appointed as Newcastle’s new first-team manager on Monday
  • The 43-year-old is the first coach appointed by the club’s new Saudi owners
  • Howe got into the Newcastle training ground just before 7am on his first day
  • He took training later on Tuesday with the majority of his squad available to him 


Eddie Howe took his first Newcastle training session on Tuesday after a rigorous opening day in the Magpies role that started just before 7am. 

On Monday, the 43-year-old was confirmed as Newcastle’s first appointed manager following the Saudi takeover of the club earlier this year, signing a contract until 2024. 

And Howe took no time at all to get stuck into his new role a day later, arriving with his assistants at the club’s training ground in the dark at around 6.55am, with the former Bournemouth coach taking control of his first training session later in the day.

Eddie Howe took charge of his first Newcastle training session on Tuesday after a 6.55am start

Howe and his assistants got into Newcastle's training centre early ahead of training

Howe and his assistants got into Newcastle’s training centre early ahead of training

Newcastle’s new boss has a major job on his hands to keep the club in the Premier League, with the Magpies still without a win all season and sitting in the top-flight’s relegation zone. 

Howe was able to work with the majority of Newcastle’s squad, with a handful of players going off on international duty this month. 

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is away with Slovakia, while Emil Krafth and Jeff Hendrick are with Sweden and the Republic of Ireland respectively. 

Switzerland’s Fabian Schar, Jamal Lewis of Northern Ireland and Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron are the other absentees during Howe’s opening training sessions in charge. 

Howe was able to work with most of the Newcastle squad, with others on international duty

Howe was able to work with most of the Newcastle squad, with others on international duty

Ryan Fraser, who worked with Howe at Bournemouth, was meant to link up with Scotland but was withdrawn earlier this week.

Howe replaces Steve Bruce in the St James’ Park dugout with several of Newcastle’s players complaining about the former Magpies boss and their training regime in the past.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this season that several Magpies players complained about the training schedule organised by Bruce, which they believed was set up to suit the manager and not the players.

Bruce and his staff were also the centre of several training ground rows during his time at his boyhood club, with Matt Ritchie having a falling out with Howe’s predecessor in March of this year, while Dwight Gayle fell out with Graeme Jones this season. 

Howe's first Newcastle match is a Premier League clash at home to Brentford on November 20

Howe’s first Newcastle match is a Premier League clash at home to Brentford on November 20

HOWE’S FIRST NINE NEWCASTLE GAMES 

November 20 – Brentford (home)

November 27 – Arsenal (away)

November 30 – Norwich (home)

December 4 – Burnley (home)

December 12 – Leicester (away)

December 16 – Liverpool (away)

December 19 – Man City (home)

December 27 – Man United (home) 

December 30 – Everton (away) 

Howe, meanwhile, takes charge of his Newcastle first match on November 20 with a home game against Premier League new boys Brentford. The Magpies will begin that day in 19th place, five points clear of the safety spots in England’s top division. 

The 43-year-old will then be in charge for eight more Premier League matches before Newcastle’s first transfer window as the richest club in the world gets underway. 

Howe only spoke positively about his new journey with the club, despite the club’s precarious position in the top-flight table, when he was announced as Newcastle’s new manager on Monday. 

‘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,’ Howe told the club’s official website.

‘This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.

‘I would like to thank the club’s owners for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together.’

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