Former Newcastle manager Steve Bruce (l) with coach Graeme Jones on the touchline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on October 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
New Newcastle United interim manager Graeme Jones admits he’s been given long-term assurances about his future at the football club.
Jones has been told he will take charge of the Magpies’ next two Premier League fixtures by the new owners, following on from the exit of former head coach Steve Bruce.
And Jones has also revealed he’s had conversations with Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi, of 10% owners PCP Capital Partners, about his own coaching future.
Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace, Jones said: “I spoke to the owners on Wednesday morning, and obviously they asked me to take the team on an interim basis for the next two games, Crystal Palace and Chelsea at home.
“As I’ve said previously, I’m fully focused on preparing the team as best I can, and being competitive in games.”
When asked further about that meeting, Jones, who will also be in the dugout for next weekend’s visit of Chelsea to St James’ Park, continued: “I have had assurances, I have spoken to Mehrdad and I have spoken to Amanda - and I have been given assurances on my long-term future.
“My short-term thought process is about what I can do, this weekend and next Saturday. I think it is important for everyone going forward, I can give my genuine, best in any role I am given, starting with tomorrow at Crystal Palace.”
Jones was appointed as an assistant to Bruce back in January, working alongside already-employed coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, who came with the former head coach to Tyneside.
The interim boss was full of praise for the duo in his pre-match press conference.
“There is obviously still uncertainty with a lot of people but I can only tell you that the two Steves have been professional this week, as they have been since the minute I walked through the door.
“We have complemented each other, as results would prove last season.
“They understand the things we are trying to do, and share the workload as you have to do when you prepare any team.”