Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of Eddie Howe as their new manager.
The 43-year-old succeeds Steve Bruce at St James’ Park following his departure from Bournemouth at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
Howe previously rejected an approach from Celtic earlier this year, and the Magpies have appointed him after Unai Emery affirmed his loyalty to Villarreal.
Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Howe said: “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.
“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.”
Co-owner Amanda Staveley added: “We have been incredibly impressed by Eddie through what has been a rigorous recruitment process.
“As well as his obvious achievements with AFC Bournemouth, where he had a transformational impact, he is a passionate and dynamic coach who has clear ideas about taking this team and club forward.
“He is a great fit for what we are trying to build here. We are delighted to welcome Eddie and his staff to St. James’ Park and very much look forward to working together towards our collective ambition.”
Howe won 144 of his 355 games in charge of Bournemouth during his second spell at the club and takes over at Newcastle with the club sat 19th in the Premier League table.