Newcastle interim boss Graeme Jones urges Saudi-led club owners not to make ‘wholesale changes’ in January despite fan excitement over the deals and insists the magpies have a’ good core group ‘
- Coach Graeme Jones is currently in interim charge of Newcastle United
- A full-time replacement for Steve Bruce is expected to be appointed next week.
- Jones ‘team host European champion Chelsea at St James’ Park tomorrow
- The interim-manager was not carried away by his future beyond the game against Chelsea
Newcastle interim manager Graeme Jones said he would discuss what will happen next at the club with the new owners after Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea, but urged his bosses not to make “wholesale changes. “.
A permanent replacement is expected to be appointed for Steve Bruce, who left the club nine days ago, ahead of Newcastle’s next game in Brighton one week on Saturday.
I’ll talk to the owners and see where we are. No more than that and from there, ” said Jones, who became a first-team coach at his hometown club with Bruce in January.
Newcastle interim manager Graeme Jones insists all his focus is on the clash against Chelsea only
The new club owners led by Saudi Arabia (pictured right, manager Amanda Staveley) need a new coach
“I think our job here, right now, is to make this football club as close as possible to the next coach.
“We’re at a better point than last week and obviously after tomorrow’s game we’ll see where we are, but the new kid needs to get into a really healthy football club.” With 52,000 people, plus 20 players and staff pulling in the same direction, that’s my goal. ‘
Jones, who said his own future at Newcastle was assured, admitted that he will have to control his emotions before taking charge in front of a sold-out St James’ Park for the first time.
“There is a lot of responsibility,” he said. Honestly, you can’t go there with emotions. Yes, it is my football club, the first game at St James’ Park, but I have a job to do and I must do my best.
So I haven’t thought about that. I am thinking only of the game and nothing else. What happens between now and January 1 is going to define our season and it would be remiss of me not to focus on the game against Chelsea.
Jones admitted that he will have to control his emotions in St James’ Park on Saturday
“We have the winners of the Champions League coming here, so I haven’t thought of anything else.”
When asked if the win over Chelsea could make him a contender for the job permanently, Jones said: ‘If we beat Chelsea I’ll probably open a bottle of red wine with my wife and celebrate.
‘It would be a great time, but sorry to be boring, I’m not looking past that. My mission is only for Chelsea and I want to help my football club to be in the best position we can be in. ”
Fans are expecting some major new firms after the £ 305 million takeover from the Saudi-backed consortium, but Jones cautioned against making wholesale changes.
“I think we have a good core here,” he added. “For different reasons we started badly, that’s the truth. There is no one more important than the main group of players in this football club.
I can assure you that they care about this club. A lot of guys have been here a long time.
‘I see January as an opportunity to help the group that is here. You cannot make bulk changes. The most important thing is to get the best out of the main players here now and then January will be an advantage. ”