Eddie Howe to sit out Newcastle’s meeting with Brentford


Newly-appointed Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe will not be on the sideline for the club’s meeting with Brentford this weekend, it has been confirmed.

Bruce out/Howe in

A potentially prosperous new era on Tyneside is of course set to get underway tomorrow afternoon.

On the back of the big-money takeover at St. James’ Park, the Magpies will play out their first fixture under the guidance of new boss Eddie Howe.

After Steve Bruce was finally relieved of his duties late last month, ex-Bournemouth boss Howe was chosen as the right profile to lead Newcastle away from the relegation dog-fight, and towards the upper echelons of the Premier League table, early last week.

The Howe era, in turn, will officially kick off on Saturday, in a meeting with Thomas Frank’s stuttering Brentford at St. James’.

Eddie Howe to sit out Newcastle’s meeting with Brentford

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Eddie Howe, who has agreed to become manager of Newcastle United is seen watching the game from the stands during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at American Express Community Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Missing man

As alluded to above, however, in an altogether concerning blow when it comes to Newcastle’s hopes of securing a long-overdue first three-point haul of the season on Saturday, the club’s new manager will in fact not be permitted to take his place on the bench.

This comes after Howe, earlier today, tested positive for Covid-19.

In a statement across the club’s social media platforms, the Geordie outfit confirmed that:

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe will be absent from the club’s next Premier League match after testing positive for Covid-19 during a routine test on Friday.

Eddie will now self-isolate in line with government guidance, meaning he will miss Saturday’s home match against Brentford at St. James’ Park – the first fixture since his arrival at the club.

Assistant managers Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will, as a result, lead Newcastle into battle against Brentford.


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