Poor Steve Bruce. After lastly touchdown his dream position as supervisor of Newcastle United a few years in the past, he appears set to be ousted simply after the membership all of a sudden grew to become one of many greatest monetary powerhouses in soccer.
However because the door closes for Bruce, it leaves one open for his successor – enter, Graeme Jones.
90min understands the 51-year-old is prone to be in cost for Newcastle’s residence sport in opposition to Tottenham this weekend (and presumably past). However who’s Jones and why is he the person being trusted to assist lead the Magpies into this new period?
Here is all the things you could learn about Newcastle’s subsequent boss.
Jones’ choice to pursue a profession in soccer meant he left the North East as an adolescent and signed for Millwall’s academy – solely to be launched aged 18. Ouch.
However he instructed The Coaches’ Voice that this expertise and those that subsequently adopted formed who he’s at present. He started working as an insulation engineer whereas working his means by means of the non-league system, ultimately re-entering the Soccer League years later.
“That grounding taught me the ability of being actual. It allowed me to guage myself and what I needed in life,” Jones stated.
Jones’ taking part in profession was largely spent middling within the decrease leagues of England and Scotland, but he would nonetheless by some means find yourself teaching two of the very best worldwide sides of the final decade – ‘how?’ I hear you ask.
Properly, Jones’ first foray into teaching noticed him change into assistant supervisor to Roberto Martinez at Swansea in 2007 whereas the membership had been in League One. He then adopted the Spaniard to Wigan and Everton, earlier than ultimately reuniting with the Belgium nationwide crew.
After impressing behind the scenes with the Crimson Devils, Jones joined Gareth Southgate’s teaching crew for Euro 2020. Some journey up from the third tier of English soccer.
However whereas Jones is extensively revered as a coach, his CV as the primary man is lower than spectacular.
His solely managerial gig so far got here with Luton City, who had simply been promoted to the Championship, however Jones was insistent on them going toe-to-toe with among the league’s greatest sides.
After a torrid document of simply 12 wins in 41 video games and the membership getting ready to relegation, Jones and the Hatters parted methods, with Luton nearly saving themselves from the drop in time.
Jones was born in close by Gateshead and supported Newcastle as a child.
“I am proud to be right here on the crew I supported as a boy, and all of my life. Throughout my taking part in and training profession, it has all the time been the primary outcome I’d search for after my very own,” he stated after becoming a member of the membership as a coach at first of 2021.
“Now, I’ve hopefully obtained an opportunity to have a direct affect on outcomes and the way forward for the soccer membership, which is one thing I am very excited for.”
You possibly can think about him peddling extra of those strains in his first presser as interim boss…
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson, who had labored with Jones at Bournemouth, praised his arrival earlier this 12 months in an interview with The Athletic, insisting that his completely different means of seeing the sport to Bruce would assist the crew.
“I believe Graeme Jones coming in as a coach undoubtedly complemented the supervisor as a result of he’s a bit of bit extra tactically conscious and updated, whereas the supervisor has his completely different strengths and attributes.”
Is that to say Bruce is not tactically conscious or updated? Look, we can’t presumably touch upon such hypothesis…
One among Jones’ self-admitted key strengths is his ‘robust persona’, a capability to be up-front with anybody and everybody to be able to get them to see soccer the best way he does.
He believes that gamers need to earn the best to be trusted on a pitch and on the ball, and that whereas he’s 95% ‘new college’, the remaining 5% would not make him a ‘dinosaur’ and that he would like his groups to play possession soccer.
Newcastle followers will definitely be hoping that is the case after getting on Bruce’s again for therefore lengthy.