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Eddie Howe watches on at Amex Stadium as he closes in on Newcastle job

Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United – Premier League – AMEX Stadium
(Image credit: Gareth Fuller)

Prospective Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was among the crowd at Brighton on Saturday evening as the Magpies edged closer to making an appointment.

The 43-year-old was pictured sitting next to Amanda Staveley, whose consortium bought out Mike Ashley last month, in the stands at the Amex Stadium during the Premier League clash between the two sides.

Newcastle are understood to have agreed a deal in principle with the former Bournemouth manager to take over at St James’ Park, more than two weeks after head coach Steve Bruce’s exit.

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His was one of two names on a whittled-down shortlist, along with that of Villarreal’s Unai Emery, drawn up following a lengthy process.

After initial soundings, the Spaniard was approached, but rejected the opportunity to head for Tyneside, prompting the new owners to open formal talks with Howe, who has been out of the game since leaving the Cherries in the wake of relegation from the top flight at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The Magpies kicked off at Brighton sitting at the foot of the table as a result of Norwich’s 2-1 win at Brentford.