TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has criticised Newcastle coach Graeme Jones amid the ongoing managerial saga.

It’s incredibly surprising to see Steve Bruce still in charge of Newcastle.

When the new owners took over, it seemed like only a matter of time before the 60-year-old was relieved of his duties. In truth, he should have gone long before the arrival of the Saudi-backed consortium.

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Despite talk of change, Bruce actually remained in charge for the owners’ first game. Sadly, they witnessed first hand how poor Newcastle are under his guidance.

Before the Tottenham game, there was talk that Bruce would leave and be replaced by a member of his coaching staff, Graeme Jones.

That news was met with delight by Toon fans, who have been impressed with the 51-year-old ever since he arrived at the club.

And Jordan thinks Jones should be put in charge, even though he believes he is part of the problem as well.

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“I don’t think Bruce should be taken out because he’s not capable of managing the situation in the short term,” Jordan told TalkSPORT, via the Chronicle.

“I think he should be taken out because the players are on the bus, in the departure lounge drinking Mai Tais. He’s got no jurisdiction over those guys anymore.


“I think he is demoralised. I think the media up there are going to keep piling into him, rightly or wrongly. It’s a pointless exercise.

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“You might as well put the lord and saviour [in charge] that everyone keeps thinking is the tactical answer, Graeme Jones, who by the way is part of the problem of that team. The tactical solutions are as much his responsibility as they are the managers.

“You look at that, you might as well give them what they want.”

The criticism of Jones seems a little unfair. There has certainly been a difference in Newcastle since he arrived. But he is by no means perfect.

If he was, he wouldn’t be a coach at a relegation-threatened side. He’d be managing one of the big boys.

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But during his time at St James’ Park we’ve seen tactical shifts that were non existent before his arrival. He can’t be that much of a problem – Gareth Southgate was that impressed that he took him to the Euros.

The narrative that there’s a pile on from the local media and fans is skewed. They’re calling it as they see it, unlike most of the national media and pundits who blindly defend a record of seven wins in 38 games. At any other club, he wouldn’t still be in charge. The spin being put on the Bruce situation is unbearable, and quite frankly just plain wrong.

While Jordan may claim that Jones is part of the problem, I’d hate to see where we’d be if he hadn’t joined back in January.

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