BREAKING NEWS: Eddie Howe tests positive for Covid-19 and will MISS his first game as Newcastle manager against Brentford on Saturday after going into isolation at the beginning of a new Magpies era
- Newcastle manager Eddie Howe tested positive for coronavirus
- The 43-year-old was supposed to manage the magpies for the first time on Saturday
- Howe will now be absent from the dugout for the Brentford visit on Saturday
- Instead, co-head coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will take the lead
- Howe will also miss the trip to Arsenal next weekend due to his self-isolation
Eddie Howe will miss his first game in charge of Newcastle United after testing positive for Covid-19.
The 43-year-old learned the news Friday after a routine test, just 24 hours before Brentford’s visit to St. James’ Park.
Co-head coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will now lead the team in search of their first win of the season.
Howe, whose 10-day isolation period will include his trip to Arsenal next weekend, said: “I’m very disappointed that I won’t be at St. James’ Park with all of you tomorrow, but it’s incredibly important.” that I follow the guidelines and isolate myself.
Eddie Howe will miss his first game as Newcastle boss after testing positive for Covid-19
Howe, 43, was due to be in the dugout of St James’ Park on a visit to Brentford on Saturday
“I want to reassure everyone that I am feeling good and while this is not welcome news, I know it hasn’t upset our preparations for an important game.”
“I was and will be in constant contact with my coaching team and the players tomorrow and during the week and I know that they will give everything on and off the pitch.”
Howe has been named Newcastle’s first appointed head coach since the Saudi Arabia-led consortium bought the club from Mike Ashley for £ 305m earlier this year – but he is now waiting for his first public appearance as Magpies boss due to self-isolation protocols .