Newcastle World journalist Liam Kennedy has claimed that it would make “perfect sense” for owner Mike Ashley to replace Steve Bruce with Graeme Jones as the club’s manager.
What did Kennedy say about Bruce and Jones?
Jones is currently Bruce’s assistant at St James’ Park, but the Newcastle boss is coming under increasing pressure as his side have been unable to win any of their opening six league games this season.
If Bruce were to leave his position at the helm, Kennedy has hinted that he would not be surprised to see Jones placed in charge given that Newcastle have made a similar type of appointment in the recent past.
Speaking about Jones’ credentials for the role, Kennedy told GIVEMESPORT: “Graeme Jones – is he a manager? Is he a coach? He’s had managerial experience at Luton, it didn’t go very well. But I think there’s been times during this last 12 months where you look at it and say, could it be any worse than what it’s been under Steve Bruce?
“And look, it would suit Mike Ashley to do a John Carver-esque move, which is what he did a few years back. And if that position does become available after Steve Bruce has walked or he sacks him, it makes perfect sense. You’ve got the man already there who will step in and do the job, and it wouldn’t be out of character for a club like Newcastle United to do that.”
How did Newcastle fare under John Carver?
Back in 2014, Ashley handed Carver the role of Newcastle manager after he had been Alan Pardew’s assistant for almost four years. That move went disastrously wrong.
The Magpies won just three of their 20 matches under Carver, and needed a final day victory over West Ham to ensure that they stayed just above the relegation zone.
Carver was relieved of his duties at the end of the season, but the damage may have already been done, as Newcastle struggled to recover from that dire run of results and went on to suffer relegation the following year.
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Would giving Jones the Newcastle job be a smart decision?
Jones does already seem to be an influential figure on Tyneside, and there have been times when it has appeared that he has overshadowed Bruce. It could be argued that not much would change for Jones other than his job title if he replaced Bruce.
However, the Carver experiment could act as a warning sign that not all assistant coaches make good managers. Furthermore, in his only previous spell as a manager, Jones won just 12 of his 41 games in the dugout at Luton, giving him a win rate of just 29%. Interestingly, Bruce’s win rate at Newcastle stands at 31%.
This indicates that Jones would not necessarily be an upgrade on what Newcastle currently have, and that Ashley should think long and hard about potentially appointing him as Bruce’s successor.