Why Graeme Jones is a breath of fresh air

I’m just gonna put it out there. I love Graeme Jones.

His handful of media interviews have been a breath of fresh air since he took over the team in a caretaker capacity.

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t blown away by last Saturday’s match (although there were positives to take out of it), but I have been by his interviews.

After over two years of hearing the club being talked down, being told we couldn’t compete for the Champions League (we knew), and being told our expectations were too high (they weren’t), it’s refreshing to hear our head coach talk us up instead.

In his first interview, he talked about his connection with the club, something we know the previous manager had. But unlike the previous manager, he doesn’t talk as if managing the club is a birth-right.

“My motivation for Newcastle United is different than it’s been for any of my former employers.

“I’m only interested in trying to get results and having standards that are really, really high. I’ve got a huge emotional and personal involvement.”

Isn’t it nice to hear that our standards are high now?

He also said he wants to leave the club in a better position than it was when he took over. Another refreshing statement.

He talks about positivity and pushing the club forward in a way we haven’t heard since Rafa was manager. For me, one of my favourite things about the way he talks is the constant theme of unity.

“I want [the new manager] to come in to a united football club, and that means supporters, players and staff all pulling in the same direction.”

“We need 52,000 plus 20 players all together. United, Newcastle United. Tomorrow, through difficult moments, and it needs to be permanent, non-negotiable between now and May. Together as a football club.”

He knows how to address supporters. How to speak to us in a way that shows he’s one of us, but also that he’s got our best interests at heart. How to show that he knows how important we are to the club.

When was the last time we heard that from a manager? Again, it was probably Rafa Benitez.

For two years, we’ve had to listen to attacks on supporters, the media, and even the players. We never heard any messages of unity.

His actions are also speaking as loud as his words. We were all gobsmacked at how many days the players got off after losing to Tottenham, but that’s no more. Why?

“The more time on the training ground, it’s simple maths, you have a better chance of performing.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

He even took responsibility for not winning last week. He approached the game positively and had every intention of winning it – after, he said: “I actually said a win would come, so I have let them down.

“We will take the positive point. And we will try to improve next week and move forward.”

Positive. Unity. Everyone pulling in the same direction. New ideas for the next match – “we need to be more sophisticated on the ball.”

I enjoy listening to Jones. I almost cried when he came over to the away end and fist-pumped last week, because it felt so genuine.

Do I think we need a new permanent manager soon? Yes. But I really hope Graeme Jones sticks around as part of his staff.

4 thoughts on “Why Graeme Jones is a breath of fresh air

  1. Sorry Natasha what a load of tripe.

    It’s easy to be positive when you know you are only doing the job for a few weeks and the fans knowing that aren’t going to give you grief.

    Last week we got a point but in all honesty it was a poor performance we got battered, only thing that saved us was Benteke had his boots on the wrong feet.

    We have played better and got points against Leeds and Watford and our finishing let us down in those games yet Bruce got slated for those results and yet Jones gets praised.

    This blog has double standards

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  2. Talks a good game and then his team selection is baffling. His tactics were out of the Bruce playbook which makes me believe that he was much more responsible for the 8-0-2 formations than we were led to believe. I think we will see at least 3 changes to the team today and it will not be because of injuries, it will be because Jones picked the wrong starting 11 last week.

    I agree with David. You cannot give Bruce stick for selections and tactics and then give Jones a free ride when he does the same thing, just because he is a good talker.

    Bruce was annoying with his excuses, but the result on the pitch was often the same as Jones last week – boring football and lucky to get a draw. That’s what matters, how we play and the result, not fancy words in a presser.

    Jones has had nine months where he has been the main tactician. Bruce said he doesnt do tactics and Jones is above the Steves in the heirarchy. Can anyone honestly say we have progressed? The start to this season would say otherwise.

    So, carry on talking Graeme, but what we need today is a result.

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  3. David:
    Sorry Natasha what a load of tripe.

    It’s easy to be positive when you know you are only doing the job for a few weeks and the fans knowing that aren’t going to give you grief.

    Last week we got a point but in all honesty it was a poor performance we got battered, only thing that saved us was Benteke had his boots on the wrong feet.

    We have played better and got points against Leeds and Watford and our finishing let us down in those games yet Bruce got slated for those results and yet Jones gets praised.

    This blog has double standards

    I agree, he sounded like Bruce when he said, joelinton didn’t deserve to be dropped as he has had some excellent games recently, tripe.

    David:
    Sorry Natasha what a load of tripe.

    It’s easy to be positive when you know you are only doing the job for a few weeks and the fans knowing that aren’t going to give you grief.

    Last week we got a point but in all honesty it was a poor performance we got battered, only thing that saved us was Benteke had his boots on the wrong feet.

    We have played better and got points against Leeds and Watford and our finishing let us down in those games yet Bruce got slated for those results and yet Jones gets praised.

    This blog has double standards

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