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Eddie Howe to miss first game in charge of Newcastle against Brentford after testing positive for Covid-19

NEWCASTLE boss Eddie Howe will miss his first match in charge of the club after testing positive for coronavirus. The 43-year-old was preparing for his first game since succeeding Steve Bruce at St James’ Park. But he will have to wait at least another week after contracting Covid-19, with his Magpies assistant head coaches Gareme […] ...

NEWCASTLE boss Eddie Howe will miss his first match in charge of the club after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 43-year-old was preparing for his first game since succeeding Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.

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But he will have to wait at least another week after contracting Covid-19, with his Magpies assistant head coaches Gareme Jones and Jason Tindall to be in charge for the clash against Brentford in his absence.

A statement from Newcastle confirmed that the ex-Bournemouth gaffer will now self-isolate in line with the government government guidelines.

Speaking to the club’s website, Howe expressed his disappointment at missing out on being in the dugout for Saturday’s fixture.

He said: “I’m very disappointed that I won’t be there with you all at St. James’ Park tomorrow.

“But it is incredibly important that I follow the guidelines and self-isolate.

“I’d like to reassure everyone that I feel fine, and while this is unwelcome news for me, I know it hasn’t derailed our preparations for what is an important game.

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“I have been, and will be, in constant communication with my coaching team and the players, both tomorrow and during the week, and I know they will be giving everything on and off the pitch.”

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