ON the eve of Newcastle United’s first Premier League game of the season, head coach Eddie Howe has penned a long-term contract with the club.

Ahead of his first full year in charge on Tyneside, Howe has been rewarded with a long-term deal that ensures his future at the club for the years to come.

After he took over in November last season, Howe guided the club to an 11th place finish in the Premier League steering the club away from the relegation zone by 14 points.

He took them on an outstanding run of form throughout 2022 and the last seven games of the season saw them win five matches.

Howe said: "It's a great feeling to commit my future to this incredible club. 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.

"I'd also like to extend my gratitude to our owners and to Dan Ashworth. 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."

His initial deal with the club was due to run until the summer of 2024 but he now has a long-term future on Tyneside after putting pen-to-paper on his new contract.

Sporting Director, Dan 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."

In preparation for tomorrow's season opening game against Nottingham Forest, Howe will have new signings Nick Pope and Sven Botman available for the game while Matt Targett is also available for selection after making his loan move permanent.