Graeme Jones drops major hint as Newcastle continue search for a new manager

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Newcastle caretaker manager Graeme Jones has given some indication over what his role will be when a new coach arrives. It comes as the Magpies search for a successor to Steve Bruce.

Graeme Jones has dropped a major hint over the future of the club considering his role as Newcastle look to hire a new manager.

Steve Bruce was sacked earlier this month after a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham amid huge uproar from fans, who were desperate to see him gone.

With the new owners in town, it was just a matter of time before he was dismissed but finding a successor has proved difficult so far.

Several names have been linked, including Paulo Fonseca, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard but Jones is currently in the hotseat.

And the former Luton Town boss has admitted he has spoken to the hierarchy, who have assured him over his role.

Jones said: “I have been assured of my future at the football club so that won’t change for me. Whether I am manager or assistant, I will be studying Brighton.

“If I was in that position or an assistant manager you are fully focused on the Chelsea game, you then refresh on Sunday and start work on Monday and prepare the best you can.

“The way I am as a person I am curious and you want to have an opinion. You can only have an opinion if you watch your own team and your opponent in detail.

“As a manager, you have extra responsibility with media and players but in terms of preparation that won’t change no matter what role I am given.”

“I saw [Amanda Staveley] yesterday. Nothing more was saxid apart from my remit is the Chelsea game.

“Nothing had changed on that front. I am just preparing the team and I know that is boring but that is where we are as a football club.

“Between now and January 1 will define our season. It would be amiss of me to focus on anything else.”

Newcastle face Chelsea today at St James Park and Jones will hope to build on the point his side earned against Crystal Palace last week.

But it is a steep ask against the current Premier League leaders but the Gateshead-born coach is keen to bring back unity.

He added: “I will have a chat with the owners and see where we are. Our job is to make this as united a football club as we can be for the next manager coming in.

“I would like to present the new manager with as many points as we can. I want him to come into a united football club. We want to be able to help the new manager.”

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