EDDIE HOWE wasted no time in getting to work at Newcastle United as he arrived at their training ground before sunrise.
The former Bournemouth boss, 43, has returned to the dugout for the first time in 15 months after replacing the axed Steve Bruce.
After his arrival at St James’ Park was officially confirmed yesterday, Howe revealed his eagerness to meet his new squad as soon as possible.
And it appears he meant every word of it after Sky Sports News captured him and his backroom staff arriving at Toon’s Benton HQ at 6:45am this morning for his first day in the job.
Howe’s debut as manager will come a week on Saturday when Brentford visit the North East.
After penning his two-and-a-half year contract, he said: “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.
“I would like to thank the club's owners for this opportunity and thank the club's supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together.”
Howe will get £50million to strengthen in January.
Porto ace Luis Diaz has been linked with a move to the north of England in recent weeks, but he might be too pricey for their winter transfer budget.
Lazio's Thomas Strakosha is also being eyed, with the goalkeeper out of contract next summer.
SunSport exclusively revealed the Magpies want to move quickly to secure Strakosha's signature in January ahead of a summer free transfer.
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