Newcastle manager Howe to miss Brentford game due to COVID

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe will miss his first game in charge of the club, a home clash against Brentford on Saturday, after testing positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club said in a statement on Friday.

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Howe, who addressed reporters earlier on Friday, tested positive following a routine test and will now isolate in line with government guidelines. โ€œIโ€™m very disappointed that I wonโ€™t be there with you all at St Jamesโ€™ Park tomorrow, but it is incredibly important that I follow the guidelines and self-isolate,โ€ he told the club website.

โ€˜Unwelcome newsโ€™

โ€œIโ€™d like to reassure everyone that I feel fine, and while this is unwelcome news for me, I know it hasnโ€™t derailed our preparations for what is an important game.โ€

Assistant head coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will lead the team in Howeโ€™s absence.

Howe, formerly head coach of Bournemouth, was appointed manager at St Jamesโ€™ Park earlier this month following the dismissal of Steve Bruce.

Newcastle is second from bottom in the league with five points from 11 games.

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