Newcastle United’s new owners are reportedly considering hiring an experienced interim manager to replace Steve Bruce.

According to the Telegraph this evening, PIF are biding their time as they look to replace the 60-year-old.

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Steve Bruce (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

It had been expected that Bruce would have been relieved of his duties by now.

But he remains in his post, and is set to face the media tomorrow for the first time since the takeover went through.

That would indicate, according to the publication, that he will be in the dug-out for Sunday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Should Bruce take the team for that game, it will be his 1000th as a manager.

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Graeme Jones (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Telegraph say that PIF are ‘process-driven’, and don’t want to rush into a decision regarding Bruce’s successor.

Apparently, they are keen on the idea of appointing an ‘experienced’ interim manager.

That seemingly suggests that Newcastle’s assistant manager Graeme Jones won’t be taking the reins from Bruce.


Some publications had claimed that the 51-year-old was set to become interim boss after Bruce was sacked.

A sensible plan

Jones becoming the interim manager of Newcastle would certainly be a risk.

His only previous experience of management was when he was at Luton Town. His stint there did not go particularly well.

By many accounts, he is a popular figure at the club and well-liked by the players.

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Graeme Jones (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

He has seemingly had a good impact as an assistant coach since coming to the club in January, and maybe it is best for him to remain in that role.

The Telegraph point to Guus Hiddink’s previous work at Chelsea, with the Blues appointing the Dutchman on an interim basis.

Perhaps, getting someone of his ilk with Jones assisting is the way to go for the current season.

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