Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has been sharing his thoughts on current Toon assistant manager Graeme Jones and his position at the Tyneside club.
This comes after Kennedy made an appearance on a recent episode of NUFC Matters on Steve Wraith’s YouTube channel, where he answered a range of questions concerning the Toon.
During the podcast, Kennedy was asked if Jones would consider leaving the club for a move to Barcelona to be Roberto Martinez’s assistant should he replace Ronald Koeman at some point in the near future, having previously worked alongside the current Belgium boss.
In response, Kennedy had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I think it’s a really tough call.
“I would argue ambition may take over and he may want to go to somewhere like Barcelona, why not give it a try? He went with [Martinez] to Belgium.
“That would be a big loss to Newcastle United, it really would.
“You could flip that on its head and say he’s potentially sitting there now knowing that if the plug does get pulled on Steve Bruce in a month, in two months, in three months, he’s probably one of the top candidates to take over because of the position he finds himself in.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Kennedy’s comments on Jones…
So far this season, Newcastle have failed to secure their first win of the campaign having drawn three and lost three of their opening six games, placing them just above the relegation zone in 17th place of the Premier League table.
Given how Jones was Martinez’s assistant for the Belgian national team for a period between 2016 and 2018, it’s easy to see why this connection has been made between the pair in the hypothetical question that was put to Kennedy.
Would Graeme Jones be your first choice to replace Steve Bruce?
In our view, if Bruce, who some Toon fans have not been shy in sharing their criticism for, were to leave his position at Newcastle for whatever reason, we feel that Jones could be a great option to replace him given the experience and knowledge he has of the club and the players since arriving there back in January.