Who is Graeme Jones? The man set to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle ahead of Tottenham clash

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Steve Bruce is set to be sacked as Newcastle United manager in the coming days, according to recent reports.

According to the Mirror, the club’s new Saudi owners will relieve the 60-year-old of his duties following their big-money takeover earlier in the week.

The Magpies were taken over for around £300million by the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium in a move that has made the Tyneside outfit the richest club in the Premier League – by some distance, too.

Now, the report claims that a ‘collective agreement has been reached’ by Newcastle’s new board, meaning Graeme Jones will be in the dugout for next week’s clash with Tottenham.

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Jones is expected to take over on a temporary basis while the club search for a new permanent manager.

But, who is Jones? football.london tells you everything you need to know on the man set to go head-to-head with Nuno Espirito Santo in the Premier League next weekend.

Who is Graeme Jones?

The 51-year-old is currently Bruce’s assistant manager at Newcastle and has been widely praised for his role at the club.

The Gateshead-born coach joined the Magpies in January 2021 after leaving his role at AFC Bournemouth. In May 2021, Jones joined Gareth Southgate’s staff for the duration of the European Championships over the summer.

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Graeme Jones is well respected as an assistant coach
Graeme Jones is well respected as an assistant coach

Jones is a former professional footballer and made over 300 appearances during his career – playing for 10 clubs, including Wigan Athletic and Southend United.

However, Jones is more well-known for his career in coaching, where he has worked for the likes of Newcastle, Bournemouth, Luton Town, Everton and West Bromwich Albion.

As mentioned above, Jones has been widely praised for the job he has done since moving to St. James’ Park, with striker Callum Wilson waxing lyrical about the coach earlier in the year.

Wilson said: “I think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach (in January), definitely complemented the manager because he’s a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes.”

Despite the majority of his coaching career being as a ‘number two’ to the manager, Jones has had experience being the head coach at a club.

In May 2019, he agreed to become the new permanent manager at Luton Town, who had just been promoted to the Championship following Nathan Jones’ departure.

Jones, though, left his post at Kenilworth Road in April 2020, with the Hatters sitting in 23rd position in the second tier, before returning to assistant managing a few months later at Bournemouth.

Whoever is in charge of Newcastle against Tottenham, it is expected to be a tricky outing for Spurs at St. James’ Park, with the home supporters set to be right up for their first game post-Mike Ashley.

Source by Football London

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