Newcastle caretaker manager Graeme Jones asked to take charge of club’s next two matches | Football News

Newcastle caretaker manager Graeme Jones says he has been asked to take charge of the team for the club’s next two matches.

Jones took over first-team duties after Steve Bruce was sacked by the club after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.

Jones will be in the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace and will remain in charge for the home game against Chelsea on October 30 while the club continues its search for a permanent head coach.

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 previously, I am fully focussed on preparing the team the best we can to be competitive in those two games.”

Graeme Jones will take interim charge of Newcastle
Jones was placed in charge of first-team duties following the sacking of Steve Bruce

Newcastle’s new owners held talks with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca on Wednesday but no further discussions have taken place since then.

As it stands, there is no offer on the table for Fonseca, who was linked with Tottenham earlier this summer prior to the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.

Fonseca remains a contender for the vacant head coach role at Newcastle but the club are still exploring other candidates.

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