Steve Bruce leaves position as Newcastle head coach
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Eden Hazard has been backed to quit his nightmare at Real Madrid and move to Newcastle following the appointment of Eddie Howe. The Belgian’s move to Los Blancos from Chelsea has been a disaster, with a number of injuries hampering his ability to stay fit and deliver performances fitting his £89million fee.
He has scored just five goals and notched only nine assists from the 54 games he has played since arriving at the Bernabeu.
Hazard’s struggles have seen him plummet down the pecking order under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Though he started the campaign as one of the starters in Ancelotti’s line-up, he was quickly benched by the Madrid boss.
His last five La Liga games have come from the bench, with his last start coming back in mid-September.
With Ancelotti clearly not keen on the Belgian, it appears likely that he will depart the Spanish capital.
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One potential destination is Newcastle, who are now under the ownership of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and will see their transfer budget boosted.
The Magpies are desperate for reinforcements having become embroiled in a relegation battle, with their new owners keen to make a splash in the market.
They took the first step of turning around their season earlier this week when former Bournemouth boss Howe was appointed as Steve Bruce’s replacement as manager.
The Englishman developed a reputation for playing attractive attacking football during his spell at the Cherries.
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And Jack Wilshere believes that Howe’s appointment could see the Magpies reverse their stance on signing Hazard having reportedly turned down the chance to sign him.
“Eden Hazard is another level, but I think Eden would love playing for a manager like Eddie Howe,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s the type of manager you want to play for. I worked with him at a club that I see now are quite similar to Newcastle – not in terms of the size of the club, but in terms of the players.”
“Newcastle have got a few ex-Bournemouth players and that is what Eddie does, he gets the best out of those types of players, gets them going and he gets the fans on side. He’s a great manager.
“I stepped into a group that had been together since they were in League One, they were all friends. They were all great with me, but Eddie made sure they were. He was great with me.”
Howe has signed a contract that will last until the summer of 2024, but faces a dire situation at St James’ Park.
Newcastle are currently bottom of the Premier League having failed to win a game under Bruce or caretaker boss Graeme Jones.
His first game in charge will come a week on Saturday when Brentford visit the North East, with the new boss expected to be backed heavily in the January transfer window.
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