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Eddie Howe signs a new long-term deal at Newcastle

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Eddie Howe has signed a new long-term contract at Newcastle United.

Sportsmail revealed in May that the head coach’s future was a priority and it was expected that a new deal would be agreed before the start of the season.

Howe only had two years to run on the contract he signed when arriving at St James’ Park in November.

Former Bournemouth boss has impressed since taking charge in the north east last November

But given his performance in taking the team from 19th to 11th in the Premier League – and his popularity among players and supporters – he has now been rewarded with a pay rise and extended deal.

‘It’s a great feeling to commit my future to this incredible club,’ said the 44-year-old. ‘I’m extremely proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and have enjoyed every moment here.

‘I’d like to take the opportunity to acknowledge my coaching team, the players, staff and supporters. They make it a very special place to be every day.

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‘I’d also like to extend my gratitude to our owners and to Dan Ashworth (sporting director). We are still at the start of our journey, but this is an exciting time to be a part of Newcastle United and I’m very excited about the future together.’

Ashworth said: ‘I’m delighted Eddie has committed his long-term future to Newcastle United. He is an incredibly talented leader and has had a huge impact since being appointed in November.

‘In the short period of time I have worked with him, I have seen how much of a diligent, detailed, hard-working coach and leader he is.

‘This is great news for the club and I am looking forward to working with Eddie and our colleagues on our exciting journey ahead.’