Newcastle boss Eddie Howe reflects on Unai Emery snub and makes desperate admission

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has given a frank press conference over his arrival at the club. Unai Emery had been the preferred choice before the Villarreal manager turned them down.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has revealed all on the circumstances that saw him take the job at St James Park – including Unai Emery’s snub that saw him offered the role.

The former Bournemouth manager has succeeded Steve Bruce, who was sacked last month after a shoddy run of games.

Howe becomes the first coach of the new regime on Tyneside after the club’s takeover from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

With January fast approaching, all eyes are on Newcastle and how they will splash the cash – with many players already being eyed.

Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard and Burnley defender James Tarkowski have been linked.

But Howe has opened up over his own appointment, which only came about after a series of rejections – including from Emery, who chose to stay at Villarreal.

After being pressed on the situation, the English coach said: “Obviously my life is affected by those decisions. They were out of my hands.

“I just let the process happen. I was reading stuff in the media to see where things were going to go.

“Naturally I was delighted and so pleased when things turned to me.

“All I did, my view on it, is I did my best to show myself in the best light to say how I would go about things and now the pressure is on me to follow those things through.

“I was obviously desperate for the opportunity here. What will be will be.

“If you can’t control it, I don’t see the point in expending energy towards it. Now I am here I can put all my energy into it.

“The task ahead is huge. It’s a very, very difficult challenge, I am under no illusions it will be easy.

“We have a very difficult fixture list in December but we can only look at the next – there is no magic wand, it will take a lot of hard work.”

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