It looks like Unai Emery will be the next manager of Newcastle United.

Almost two weeks after Steve Bruce left the club, it finally looks like the new Toon owners have decided who they want to replace him with.

Plenty of names have been linked, but the search appears to be down to two: Emery and Eddie Howe.

And it is the former who is expected to get the nod, providing a deal can be reached.

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After the Magpies went a 10th Premier League game without a victory, it became essential that the owners got a new manager in as soon as possible.

And it looks like they’re going to do just that ahead of this weekend’s trip to Brighton.

According to multiple journalists, the former Arsenal boss could be appointed before our next game on Saturday.

The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope wrote on Twitter: “NUFC expect to appoint Unai Emery before the weekend.”

Meanwhile, The Times’ Martin Hardy added: “Unai Emery announcement expected later this week. Will be in charge for Brighton game.”

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Unai Emery taking charge vs Brighton is exactly what Newcastle need

That will be a huge boost the Newcastle fans and players.

While we were playing the European champions, the performance against Chelsea was desperate. It was clear that a new man is essential – Graeme Jones can’t guide the club any closer to survival than Bruce.

The Brighton game is the perfect time to bring in a new manager.

While it will be very difficult, it is a much more winnable game than Chelsea.

It will give Emery an immediate chance to see what he’s got to work with, before spending the full international break on the training ground.

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We should then see a much more ‘Emery-like’ side when we face Brentford at St James’ Park on November 20th.

Appointing a new manager is going to bring a huge boost to Toon fans. Appointing someone like Emery is even better.

He’s a big name with a big reputation and a point to prove after his Arsenal disappointment.

And it looks like he’ll get his first chance to prove the doubters wrong against Brighton on Saturday evening. But will it be a good evening for Emery and Newcastle? Here’s hoping.

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