On the subject of Jones and his arrival at the club, Downie had this to say on the matter. (38.42)
He said: “My reading of the situation is that Graeme Jones has been brought in there to help, another set of hands, but he’s not part of the existing group of coaches and by that I mean Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew, Steve Clemence who were already there.
“It would look that if the club [does] feel they need to act, and they feel the situation has become irreparable and Bruce’s job is untenable and he has to go, they’ve got Graeme Jones there to step in until the end of the season, that is what would appear to me.
“I don’t know if that is certainly the situation, but it did seem very interesting that Jones was brought in separately.”
As mentioned earlier, Jones teamed up with the rest of the coaching staff at St. James’ Park back in January from AFC Bournemouth, where he was also an assistant coach.
Do you think Jones was brought in to replace Bruce?
TIF Thoughts on Keith Downie’s comments on Jones…
Despite winning two out of their five previous Premier League games since Jones joined the club, Newcastle currently find themselves in 17th place in the league table, just one place and three points above the relegation zone.
With the club having 13 league games left to play in this campaign, it will be interesting to see whether or not Bruce will see it out as their manager or if he will get the sack and the reins are then given to Jones, as Downie suggested in the podcast.
In our view, if Newcastle can pick up some positive results in their next few fixtures, the pressure should ease off Bruce and the possibility of Jones taking over will be put to bed.