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Has Graeme Jones just confirmed the appointment of next Newcastle United manager?

4 weeks ago

Graeme Jones has been talking to the media about the Chelsea game on Saturday AND the situation regarding the position of permanent Newcastle United manager.

Jones said last week that the new owners had told him he would be in charge of the Crystal Palace and Chelsea matches.

The implication being, at least this is how most fans and media saw it, that then a new Newcastle United manager would be announced sometime after the Chelsea match, well in advance of the game at Brighton on Saturday 6 November.

When talking to journalists today, Graeme Jones referred a number of time to the ‘new manager’…

With many journalists and fans taking this as a clear indication that there will indeed be a new Newcastle United manager in place very soon.

However, I am amazed that none of the journalists have made much of something that Graeme Jones confirmed today.

The interim manager saying that regardless of whatever else happens, he will stay at Newcastle United.

Graeme Jones volunteered this information but I’m not sure that he really thought this through…and as I said, I’m amazed that journalists weren’t all over him on this.

Jones has only been at the club nine months and whilst he has proved popular with Newcastle fans, largely due to the fact that he wasn’t Steve Bruce and supporters believing that at certain games Bruce looked far from happy at being upstaged by the 51 year old on the touchline.

So I just don’t get why the Newcastle United owners would have guaranteed Graeme Jones he stays at the club, regardless of who the new manager is.

Unless of course…the new Newcastle United manager is now a done deal behind the scenes and so subsequently has been happy to confirm that he (the new manager) is happy to keep Jones at the club and work with him.

I just don’t see anything else as making sense because in the vast majority of cases a new manager brings in his own coaching staff. Whilst in nearly every single case, a new manager gets to choose his coaching staff, whether they are already at the club or new members of staff.

It is beyond belief that the new Newcastle owners are still in a position of not having agreed a deal with a new NUFC manager and are then going to say to whoever they interview, ‘by the way, if you are offered the job and take it, you will have to have Graeme Jones as part of your coaching team.’

That just wouldn’t happen.

Personally, I have always felt that by this coming Monday at the latest, we will see a new Newcastle United manager appointed. With now after what Graeme Jones has said today, I am absolutely convinced that this announcement is imminent after we get the Chelsea game out of the way.

You also have to think that surely now the new owners have had some time to speak to potential candidates and will not want to wait any longer before getting somebody in place to start help the rebuilding of the squad and club.

As for who this new Newcastle United manager could be…

Don’t wager any money because of me but I can’t help thinking Roberto Martinez is a real live possibility.

He has worked regularly with Graeme Jones in the past and of course has loads of valuable experience as both a player and manager in English football.

It is also not beyond the realms of possibility that talks have brought about some kind of compromise that could potentially see Roberto Martinez take the Newcastle job AND be allowed to on a part-time basis stay in charge of Belgium until after the 2022 Qatar World Cup at the end of next year. To be honest, I’ve never seen how managing a national team is anything like a full-time job anyway.

So possibly a scenario of Roberto Martinez having to spend bits of time away from Tyneside BUT knowing everything is left in the safe hands of Graeme Jones, his close friend and often work colleague.

Roberto Martinez always ticked the most boxes for me as the next Newcastle United manager amongst the candidates most discussed and featuring highly in the betting. That issue with him currently in work with Belgium always the one question mark BUT having far more scope of course for an arrangement to be reached, as opposed if he was in a job in club football.

Whoever is going to be the next Newcastle United manager, I think we will know very shortly, with the next few days I reckon.

Graeme Jones talking to media ahead of the Chelsea game and asked if he had spoken to the new owners this week:

“Yes I have.

“I saw them yesterday [but] nothing more was said, apart from my remit is the Chelsea game.

“Nothing has changed on that front.

“I am just preparing the team and I know that is boring…but this is where we’re at as a football club.

“I will have a chat with the owners [again after the Chelsea match on Saturday and see where we are.

“Our job is to make this as united a football club as we can, 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.

“I have been assured of my future at the football club

“So that won’t change for me.

“Whether I am [still] manager or assistant, I will be studying Brighton [ahead of next weekend’s match].

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


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