Newcastle fans 'paying tribute' to Saudi owners says reporter
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Newcastle caretaker boss Graeme Jones has opened up on talks he held with the club’s owners this week following news that Steve Bruce had been sacked. The Magpies parted ways with Bruce on Wednesday, bringing an end to a tough period for Bruce.
Ever since news broke that Newcastle’s £305million takeover would be going through, pressure had been mounting on Bruce.
Multiple reports suggested the veteran manager would be relieved of his duties before last weekend match at home to Newcastle.
But Bruce stayed in the job for his 1,000th managerial game, overseeing a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.
He’s since been sacked by Newcastle though with Jones now being named as caretaker boss.
The 51-year-old joined Bruce’s backroom staff in January as an assistant coach and will be in charge on Saturday for the trip ot face Crystal Palace.
There has been an expectance that a permanent solution will soon be brought in with reports indicating that interviews have already taken place.
Frank Lampard, Paolo Fonseca and Lucien Favre are among the favourites to take over at St James’ Park.
But it doesn’t appear as though an appointment will be made this month with Jones expecting to be in charge next weekend at Chelsea too.
“I spoke to the owners on Wednesday morning,” he said.
“Obviously they’ve asked me to take the team on an interim basis for the next two games so Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
“As I’ve said previously, I’m fully focused on preparing the team to their best so we can be competitive in both games.”
When asked whether he had an ambition to be in charge of Newcastle beyond the next two games, Jones was coy on putting his name in the hat.
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“My ambition is to do the best for my football club,” he added.
“I’m motivated in a completely different way to anywhere I’ve ever been because I came to this football club as a four-year-old with my father watching Super Mack in 1974.
“I was a supporter in the Gallagher end through the Kevin Keegan era and I know the culture of this football club.
“Whether I was here or I wasn’t, I would still be only interested in their football results.
“So my focus is on nothing other than doing the best I can and making sure everyone else is the best they can for this football club.”
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