Graeme Jones takes charge of Newcastle’s next two games with Paulo Fonseca but hasn’t been offered a job yet
Graeme Jones will lead Newcastle’s next two games with favorite Paulo Fonseca, who has yet to get the job from new Saudi owners
- Graeme Jones will lead Newcastle for at least the next two games
- The Magpies visit Crystal Palace on Saturday before hosting Chelsea
- There were suggestions that Paulo Fonseca was about to take charge
- Sources say the former Roma boss is one of many names they are considering
Graeme Jones has been told to take charge of Newcastle United’s next two games as the club’s Saudi-backed owners continue their search for managers.
It had been suggested that bookmakers favorite Paulo Fonseca was about to be named after talks with the consortium this week.
However, sources say the former Roma boss is one of many names they are considering and he has not been offered the job.
Sportsmail understands that Roberto Martinez, Lucien Favre and Unai Emery are high on the list of those still on the list to replace Steve Bruce.
The owners, led by Amanda Staveley on site in the UK, believe Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace will be informative about how urgent the need for a permanent position is.
They hope an immediate improvement under Jones will give them some time to find the right man to enter.
Jones said: “I spoke to the owners on Wednesday morning and they have asked me to take the team on an interim basis for the next two games, so Crystal Palace and Chelsea at home.
“As I’ve said before, I’m completely focused on preparing the team as best I can to be competitive in those two games.”