Eddie Howe is an English manager and former player who is currently the head coach of Newcastle United.
Howe started his professional playing career at AFC Bournemouth in 1995 and played as a centre-back until he secured a transfer worth £400,000 to Portsmouth in 2002. However, his playing career at Portsmouth was ruined by two successive season-long knee injuries, which lead him to return to Bournemouth for the remaining two years of his career.
Eddie first took over as head coach of Bournemouth as a caretaker role in 2008. Despite the fact that his two games in charge as caretaker manager were away defeats, he was hired as the permanent manager of the club on 19 January 2009 and brought the club out of the relegation zone despite a 17-point deficit.
Regardless of Bournemouth’s transfer ban, Howe managed to get the club promoted to League One in 2010 after rejecting Peterborough United's job offer at the start of the season.
In 2011 Howe became the new Burnley FC manager in a compensation deal with Bournemouth where the cherries received around £300,000 for the Manager and his assistant, he remained at Burnley for two seasons and finished just above mid-table on two occasions and soon after, the Englishman left Turf Moor for cited ‘Personal Reasons’.
Howe then returned to Bournemouth in October 2012 and got them promoted to the Championship by the end of the season with AFC Bournemouth finishing as runners-up and one point behind champions Doncaster Rovers. In the 2013–14 season, Howe's Bournemouth finished 10th in the Championship, six points outside of the play-off positions.
At the start of April 2015 the 44-year-old was named the EFL manager of the decade and by the end of the month had secured Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League, after being crowned champions of the Championship.
Howe kept the Cherries in the top-flight for five seasons whilst playing expansive attacking football with low resources when compared to other premier league sides, at the end of the 19/20 campaign Howe left Bournemouth by mutual consent after they were relegated back to the second-tier.
Most recently in November 2021 the Englishman was appointed Newcastle United manager and has recently guided them to a resurgence from 20th to 14th place in the Premier League over a matter of months whilst displaying the ability to transform a football team’s mentality and style over a short period of time. With examples such as changing the position of previously struggling players like Joelinton to a centre midfielder to take advantage of his physical strengths.