Graeme Jones will meet with Newcastle owners as club target the appointment of a new permanent manager next week
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Graeme Jones says he and the Newcastle owners will discuss what happens next following their Premier League home clash against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Magpies are looking for a permanent successor to Steve Bruce, who left the club last week with the PA news agency, saying a meeting should be made before the next game in Brighton on November 6.
“I will talk to the owners and see where we are. No more than that and go from there, ”said Jones, who became his home club’s first team coach under Bruce in January.
“I think our job here, right now, is to make this football club as united as possible for the next manager to come.
“We’re a point better off than last week and obviously after tomorrow’s game we’ll see where we are, but the new guy needs to step into a really healthy football club with 52,000 plus 20 players and shooting staff. in the same direction and that’s my target.
Jones, who has said his own future at Newcastle is secure, has admitted he will need to keep his emotions in check before taking the helm outside a sold-out St James’s Park for the first time.
“There are a lot of responsibilities,” he says. “Honestly, you can’t go with the emotions. Yes this is my football club, first game at St James’ Park, but I have a job to do and I have to do it to the best of my ability.
“So I didn’t think about it. I think only of the game and nothing more.
“What happens between now and January 1 is going to define our season and it would be remiss of me if I didn’t focus on the Chelsea game.
“We have the Champions League winners here so I didn’t think of anything else.”
Asked if the win over Chelsea could make him a permanent candidate for the job, Jones said: “If we beat Chelsea, I’ll probably open a bottle of red wine with my wife and celebrate.
“It would be a huge moment, but I’m sorry for being boring, I’m not looking past that. My tenure is just for Chelsea and I want to help my football club to be in the best possible position. “
Newcastle have yet to record a first Premier League win of the season and sit second in the table.
They drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace last week in ex-Luton boss Jones’ opener and face a Chelsea side backed by their 7-0 loss to Norwich.
Newcastle fans expect major signings in January following the £ 305million takeover of the Saudi-backed consortium, but Jones has warned of sweeping changes.
“I think we have a good core here,” he added. “For various reasons, we started badly, that’s the truth. There is no one more important than the core of players in this football club.
“I can assure you that they care about this club. Lots of guys have been here for a long time.
“I see January as an opportunity to help the group that is here. You cannot make bulk changes. The most important thing is to make the most of the base players here every now and then and January will be a bonus. “
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