According to The Mail’s Craig Hope, Newcastle are ‘in talks’ to appoint current Bournemouth coach Graeme Jones in a bid to give Steve Bruce’s backroom staff ‘fresh input’.
Jones, born in Gateshead, recently worked as Roberto Martinez’s assistant during their time together with the Belgian national side.
That said, his most recent stint in management was a bad one, with him appointed Luton Town’s manager in 2019 – only to be sacked last April when they were sat second bottom of the Championship.
Craig Hope’s ‘exclusive’ claims that the club are in talks with Jones’ current club Bournemouth and should add him to the coaching staff if and when a deal is truck with the Cherries.
As The Mail highlight, this appears to be the clearest sign yet that Bruce retains the backing of Mike Ashley – although it stinks of a manager who has ran out of ideas and a club who’d rather ‘support’ him on the cheap than replace him with someone actually capable of getting the best out of these players.
Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has also confirmed the news, saying Jones would work on the same levels as Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew should he get the job.