Eddie Howe will miss his first game for Newcastle United after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Assistant coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will lead the team to face Brentford on Saturday in the absence of the Magpies Howe coach, who was appointed to succeed Steve Bruce earlier this month.
Howe will now self-isolate for 10 days in line with government guidance, which means he is also set to miss next Saturday’s trip to Arsenal.
“I am very disappointed that I won’t be there with all of you at St James’ Park tomorrow, but it is very important that I follow the directions and self-isolate,” Howe said.
“I would like to reassure everyone that I am fine and while this is unwelcome news for me, I know it has not hampered our preparations for what is an important match.
“I have been, and will be, in constant contact with my coaching staff and players, tomorrow and during the week, knowing that they will give everything on and off the field.”
Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League, five points from safety after the club’s first 11 games of the season.
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Earlier on Friday, Eddie Howe said he is trying to implement a new coaching philosophy with his Newcastle players after returning to management.
Howe has arrived at St James’ Park amid a growing focus in Newcastle following the Saudi-backed takeover of the club from Mike Ashley last month.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference before he tested positive for Covid-19, Howe said: “I have to separate myself from the noise because noise is not going to help me with the job and my dealings with the players, so I think that will be one of the most important factors for me.”
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has left the club as the new owners look to appoint a CEO in his place.
Charnley, who has worked at St James’s Park for 22 years and was the last of seven in the position he had just vacated, remained in the position during the handover after the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover in October.
“Newcastle United can confirm that its managing director, Lee Charnley, has left the club after a handover period with the new ownership group,” a club statement said.
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