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Newcastle will appoint a director of football to assist Eddie Howe and the new Magpies boss has reportedly told the club’s owners his preferred candidate. Howe was appointed as the club’s new boss on Monday and has already started putting his plans into action. 

A lengthy and at times chaotic recruitment process by Newcastle’s new Saudi-backed owners eventually landed them Howe earlier this week.  

Director Amanda Staveley confirmed the appointment of the 43-year-old nearly three weeks after parting ways with Steve Bruce.  

Howe took his first training session on Tuesday and has two weeks to put across his ideas before Newcastle’s next game. The international break means he does not face his first match until November 20.  

Newcastle chiefs are believed to have been seriously impressed with Howe during meetings despite initially favouring Paulo Fonseca and Unai Emery.

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It is understood that a new director of football has been discussed. Several big names have been suggested for the role.  

Michael Emanalo, who previously held the job at Chelsea and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars, who is currently Sporting Director at Ajax, have both been linked.  

However, Howe has apparently suggested a completely different man to take the job. According to The Northern Echo, the former Bournemouth boss wants to appoint Liverpool director Michael Edwards. 

Edwards, whose Reds contract expires at the end of the season, was a performance analyst at Portsmouth when Howe played for the South Coast side. 

He has been hugely effective in his role heading up transfers at Liverpool and is credited for helping the club land key signings such as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

The 41-year-old is reportedly planning to leave Liverpool at the end of his deal after 11 years but could find himself departing sooner if Newcastle approach him, with Howe wanting him to oversee their January recruitment.

The former Burnley head coach is expected to be given huge resources in the window as he looks to stave off relegation and push Newcastle up the table.

After being appointed earlier this week, 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,” Howe said upon his arrival at a club who are 19th and without a win in the top-flight. 

“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.

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“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.” 

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 ambitions.”
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