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Eddie Howe Sees His Newcastle Coach Debut Delayed By Positive Covid Test | Newcastle united


Eddie Howe has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning Newcastle United’s new manager will miss what was supposed to be his first game in charge of the club against Brentford at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Despite experiencing no symptoms and looking at a health picture during a media address via Zoom on Friday morning, Howe, who has been twice vaccinated, recorded a positive result during routine tests conducted at the club. .

“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be there with all of you tomorrow at St James’ Park, but it’s incredibly important that I follow the guidelines and isolate myself,” said Howe, who will now delegate management duties to his assistants, Jason Tindall. and Graeme Jones, as he followed the game remotely from a hotel room in Newcastle, where he must now isolate himself for the next 10 days, missing next weekend’s trip to Arsenal. “I would like to assure everyone that I feel good and while this is unpleasant news for me, I know it has not derailed our preparations for an important game.”

Howe, who will be absent from training ground and the technical area until Newcastle face Norwich at St James’ Park on Tuesday week, has indicated that he intends to rebuild Newcastle United around Jonjo Shelvey. The undoubtedly gifted midfielder and blessed with a stellar passing range, has spent significant periods of his career at St James’ Park on the sidelines after being dumped at times by Rafael Benitez and, most recently, Steve Bruce.

However, Howe appears to have identified a player signed by Steve McClaren as an integral part of Newcastle’s philosophical transition from a defensive and counterattack side to a much more forward, possession-based team.

“I knew how good Jonjo was, having played against him and seen him many times, but when you really work with him you realize that he is an incredible coach,” Howe said. “He will be someone very important to us as the season unfolds.

“Jonjo can play all kinds of passes, long and short. In terms of our philosophy and how we want to play, he is someone who will be very important to us. “

As Newcastle seek their first win of the season, Howe is also hoping to “unlock” the skill that Brazilian forward Joelinton displayed at Hoffenheim before struggling terribly after a £ 40m transfer to Tyneside in the summer of 2019.

“Joelinton can be a great player for us,” he said. “From what I’ve seen in training, he has very, very good feet, he’s very good technically and he’s smart. Unlocking that talent and ability and putting him in the right position are things I’m evaluating, but he has an important role in our future here. “

Joelinton (right) has struggled to score goals at Newcastle.
Joelinton (right) has struggled to score goals at Newcastle. Photograph: Jane Stokes / ProSports / Shutterstock

Unlike some predecessors to St James’ Park, Howe did not shy away from using two words with P: philosophy and principles. He said his first 10 days of training had been about instilling his principles of the game.

“We have to implement our philosophy gradually so that the players are not overloaded, but the basic fundamentals of how we want to play, from our core principles, I would like to think that they will see it against Brentford,” he said. to a Newcastle team playing the way I want to; a way that also suits what Newcastle fans also want to see. How fast can we get there? We’ll see. But I’d like to think you’ll see a team take pride in the city. “

Howe, who admits that the decision to call the newly concealed Martin Dubravka to the goal at Karl Darlow’s expense represents a “difficult decision”, has been so immersed in coaching that, save at a pub lunch in Gosforth with his coaching staff , has yet to explore its new habitat. “I’ve seen the training ground and my hotel,” he said. “I have not seen [central] Newcastle in the light of day “.

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Lee Charnley has left Newcastle as the Saudi-led club’s owners prepare to appoint a new chief executive. Charnley had held that position for the past seven years, but spent a total of 22 years in various administrative positions at St James’ Park.

He agreed to stay for a transfer period after the end of Mike Ashley’s tenure and is leaving on good terms with Amanda Staveley, co-owner of Newcastle. “Your knowledge and assistance have been greatly appreciated by the new board,” Staveley said.


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