By Alex McLeish

11th Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Howe has shown 'mark of a top manager' after what he did on day one at Newcastle - pundit

Alex McLeish insists Eddie Howe is perfectly suited to keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League.

The former Aston Villa manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has hailed Howe’s work ethic.

As per Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, Howe turned up to his first as Newcastle boss at 6.55 am on Tuesday morning despite training not starting until the afternoon.

The former Bournemouth manager was appointed as Steve Bruce’s successor on Monday afternoon following a three-week hunt.

He now has two weeks with his new squad before a first game against Brentford on 20 November.

McLeish insists every top manager has to be first into training and the last to go home, just as Howe was on Tuesday.

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“It’s no different to what I used to do,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“You have to be the first one in and the last one to go home in the evening.

“That is the mark of a top manager in my opinion. Eddie has done fantastically in his career.

“He clearly knows the size of the job in hand, which is why he didn’t waste any time in getting in there.

“What he did at Bournemouth was remarkable and I think he is ready for that next step.

“It is a massive, massive task for him to come in and save Newcastle. I wish him all the luck in the world.

Howe becomes the first manager appointed by Newcastle’s new owners.

He is contracted until 2024.

In other news, a pundit has claimed Howe can ‘sign whoever he wants’ for Newcastle after an ‘incredible’ Staveley reveal.