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GRAEME JONES: Can the Newcastle interim manager win job full time?

Graeme Jones has been confirmed as Newcastle United's interim manager while the search to replace Steve Bruce at St James' Park is ongoing.

Jones joined Bruce's coaching staff at Newcastle in January and became a popular figure on Tyneside, partly due to their beating of Everton at Goodison Park in his first game in charge.

He would go on to become a part of the England set-up during the European Championships which seen the Three Lions reach the final.

Gateshead-born Jones will assume control of the side while the new owners embark on their search for a new manager of Newcastle United, with many names already linked to the club.

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is believed to be the favourite for the job but others linked include Eddie Howe, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Should Jones perform exceptionally as caretaker, it may give Amanda Staveley & co. a slight headache.

A new manager would likely want to bring in new staff but Jones may want to stay at the club he feels an affiliation with.

If the club find it difficult to appoint a manager of the calibre they desire - Fonseca turned down Tottenham earlier this summer - Jones may provide a suitable stopgap to allow Newcastle to wait for the right person to become available.

Ultimately, it depends on if Jones can be a success as a manager at Newcastle. His only other managerial appointment didn't go as he would have planned.

Following roles with Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion, as well as time with the Belgian national side, Jones agreed to become manager of Luton Town in 2019.

Jones would leave the job by mutual consent nearly a year later with the club in the relegation places after just 10 wins all season.

If he wants to remain at St James', the 51-year-old will need to make an impact in the hot seat.

He may not be the man to fill the managerial vacancy at the club, but if Jones can win a few games he may force Newcastle to keep him involved with the new regime.

Fans believe that questions should also be asked of Jones though seen as he was involved with the club during the Bruce reign in which the club struggled for points.

"I think Graeme Jones needs to step up as well," Adam Pearson told the Behind the Leazes Podcast.

"Obviously, he's not the manager [when Bruce was in charge] but when we were playing bad week in, week out there was any improvement so you've gotta question him as well.

"I feel like now is his chance to step up and make his mark but he will have to step up otherwise - see you later."

The Graeme Jones era begins on Saturday as the Magpies face Crystal Palace in their first game since Bruce departed as head coach.


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