Newcastle have confirmed that Graeme Jones will face the media ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton – the biggest sign yet that he will be in the dugout this weekend.
It’s also been confirmed by a host of local journalists that the Gateshead-born coach took training at the club’s Benton base this afternoon, pouring cold water on suggestions it was pushed back (from the usual morning session) to allow for Eddie Howe’s arrival.
Another hectic week on Tyneside has seen Unai Emery emerge as the front runner for the vacant job, only for a last-minute U-turn scupper those plans, leaving Howe as the firm favourite.
Amid all the off-field drama, it’s easy to forget that Newcastle have a crucial fixture in 48 hours time as we search for our first Premier League win of the season.
Jones has taken charge of training all week ahead of the trip to the South Coast, with the likelihood now being that he will manage the side against the Seagulls.
No doubt Jones will be peppered with questions from reporters tomorrow morning about everything apart from the game itself… which could only happen at NUFC when we are sitting 19th in the table!
A lot can change in 24 hours – who knows, Howe could yet be unveiled before the game – but it is a shame that another game could go by without a new manager in the dugout.