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Newcastle eyeing 43-year-old manager with Sir Alex Ferguson seal of approval - report

Newcastle United are set for exciting times after their takeover was confirmed on Thursday.

The consortium that has taken over Newcastle consists of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), financier Amanda Staveley and David and Simon Reuben.

The PIF – worth an alleged £700bn – have taken an 80 percent stake in the club after the Premier League finally approved a deal which had originally been agreed early last year.

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And one of the first things the new owners have been tipped do is bring in their own manager and coaching staff.

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A report from the Daily Mail claims the club’s new owners have decided that they will sanction the £8million pay-off clause in Steve Bruce’s contract.

So, who could take the reins at St James’ Park if Bruce goes?

Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that Eddie Howe is in the frame, alongside Antonio Conte, Rafa Benitez and Frank Lampard.

Howe – a decent and realistic option for Newcastle with Sir Alex seal of approval

Howe is currently a free agent, has plenty of Premier League experience, and has got teams punching above their weight whilst playing attractive football.

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Obviously Newcastle remain in the relegation zone and, if they bring in a manager mid-season, they may struggle to land one currently at a club, such as Benitez.

Meanwhile, Conte is reportedly unwilling to return to football right away, according to

Therefore, Howe seems like a great shout at this moment in time for Newcastle if Bruce goes.

The 43-year-old also has the Sir Alex Ferguson seal of approval.

Speaking to Gary Neville during a Q&A for Sport Bible earlier this year, Ferguson said: “On young managers, Eddie Howe had a great period at Bournemouth, for a young manager.

“I think he did very well. Even though he’s relegated it doesn’t mean to say he’s not a good manager, I think he is a good manager.”

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