Newcastle United are set to appoint Graeme Jones as the club’s caretaker manager ahead of their first fixture under the new Saudi Arabian regime against Tottenham next weekend.
According to a report by the Daily Mirror, the £305 million takeover plans to bring wholesale changes to the Tyneside club, which will begin by relieving under-pressure manager Steve Bruce of his duties.
The report claims the first move will be to appoint Jones – the club’s current assistant coach – as the man to take control in the dugout ahead of Spurs’ visit to St James’ Park next Sunday.
It is added that Jones will act as a placeholder for the club, while the board and hierarchy intensify their search for a new manager over the next few weeks.
Newcastle’s winless start to the Premier League campaign sees them in the bottom three after seven games, which placed Bruce firmly in the firing line regarding his future.
The Saudi-backed takeover has likely all but decided the 60-year-old’s future at the club, and he will likely be denied his 1,000 games as a manager against Spurs.
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Spurs are going to find it tough on Sunday, against a rejuvenated Newcastle side both on and off the field. It is set to be a sell-out fixture on Tyneside too, so the squad will need to bring their best game in what is going to be a tricky match-up.
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