Eddie Howe came out in a suit to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II ahead of Newcastle’s meeting with Bournemouth – and then donned a tracksuit to call out instructions from the sidelines.
The Magpies hosted Howe’s former side in their first game since the death of Her Majesty the Queen last week aged 96.
As part of changes to typical pre-match protocol in the Premier League, a minute’s silence was held on each ground before matches began and for that Newcastle manager Howe came out in a suit.
However, later images revealed the 44-year-old had switched from formal attire to his tracksuit to guide his players with instructions and tactics against the Cherries, a side Howe has considerable history with as a player and then as a manager.
Other changes to normal matchday protocol included the absence of the usual selection of pre-match music in the Premier League and a rendition of the national anthem.
Clubs eschewed the traditional pre-game handshake and instead gathered in the center circle to pay a silent tribute to Elizabeth II nine days after her death.
Howe came through the youth system at Bournemouth as a young player and played over 270 games for the club.
He also twice managed the Cherries between 2008 and 2020, helping take them from English fourth-tier football to the Premier League.
He joined Newcastle in November 2021 following a change of ownership at the club and helped them to a series of good performances towards the end of last season and the start of the 2022-23 season.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw after a penalty by Alexander Isak canceled out Philip Billing’s opening goal for the visitors.
After the result, Howe told reporters it was “a tough game”, adding: “I don’t think we played particularly well, we were off our best level and one to think about.
“It was a difficult game for me emotionally, I tried to shut everything down and treat it like another game, but you see a lot of people who know you well. Pleased to get through the game but disappointed not to win the game.’