Newcastle United could entrust Graeme Jones with the managerial position until the summer, according to 90Min.
Steve Bruce is expected to receive his p45 later this week. As a result, Jones is set to be in charge when Tottenham arrive at St James’ Park at the weekend.
At this stage, the Magpies do want a permanent manager to arrive in the short term. It is being claimed, however, that if Jones impresses he could get the gig until the end of the season.
Antonio Conte, Roberto Martinez, Lucien Favre and Frank Lampard have all been names thrown into the mix.
Jones is a respected member of Bruce’s coaching team though and the players enjoy his sessions.
The ball will be in his court should Bruce depart. 90Min claims that if he leads Newcastle away from the relegation zone, the hierarchy may let him continue in the role.
Jones has a wonderful reputation as a coach. He was part of Gareth Southgate’s backroom team, helping England reach the final of Euro 2020 in the summer.
His record as a manager isn’t exactly exemplary though. His only job came at Luton where he won just 12 of 41 games in charge of the Hatters.
Risky business: Newcastle can’t leave Jones in charge for the season
This wouldn’t make any sense. By all means, keep Jones as part of a new-look backroom team but in no way should he be calling the shots as the club’s manager.
Newcastle need to show some ambition from the outset and appoint a manager who is well equipped to sort the current mess out.
The Magpies haven’t won a game yet this season and they desperately need some wins on the board.
With Newcastle in a perilous position, they can’t be messing around with a long-term interim. Jones’ coaching is up there with the best, but he can’t be the club’s new manager – even if it is until the end of the season.