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Newcastle ‘in talks with Eddie Howe over becoming new boss with Steve Bruce facing sack this week’ after Saudi takeover

EDDIE HOWE is in talks to become the Newcastle boss as Steve Bruce faces the sack in new Saudi owners shake-up following £300m takeover.

Howe, 43, is reportedly in discussions to take over at St. James' Park with current boss Bruce facing the sack following the club's poor start to the season.

The Magpies are currently 19th in the league, having failed to win any of their opening eight games and losing five, including Sunday's 3-2 loss to Spurs.

But the club's new owners want them to be challenging for silverware in the near future and reportedly believe that Howe is the right man for the job.

Howe took Bournemouth from League One to the Premier League in just three seasons and kept them up for four years, until they were finally relegated in 2019-20.

It was thought that Newcastle were lining up former Arsenal boss Unai Emery to take over from Bruce, with Rangers' Steven Gerrard and Belgium's Roberto Martinez also options.

But Howe, who is currently not attached to another club, has now emerged as the frontrunner, with the new owners reportedly keen to avoid making enemies by poaching other clubs' managers.

Newcastle would be only Howe's third club as manager after a brief stint as Burnley boss in 2011-12 in between his 12 year stint with the Cherries.

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Howe took over at Bournemouth when they were in League Two in 2008 and finally parted ways with the club by mutual consent in 2020, following the club's relegation to the Championship.

He had looked set to become Celtic boss in May, only for the appointment to fall through, with the club eventually naming Ange Postecoglou as Neil Lennon's replacement.

If appointed, Howe would be responsible for overseeing a huge squad overhaul at Newcastle, with the club linked to a number of star players in recent weeks.

Jesse Lingard and Ross Barkley have been touted with potential moves to St. James' Park, in addition to Burnley's James Tarkowski and wonderkid Dusan Vlahovic, who could cost as much as £50m.

Howe would reportedly have up to £200m to spend in January and could also look to recruit some big name players from abroad to shore up his squad.

International talents such as Nabil Fekir, Adrien Rabiot and Philippe Coutinho have all been linked with moves to Tyneside since their £300m takeover.

But Newcastle must be careful to ensure they do not breach Financial Fair Play rules with frivolous spending, which could incur transfer bans and hefty fines in the future.

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