Newcastle to confirm appointment of Graeme Jones as coach to help manager Steve Bruce

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Then Luton manager Graeme Jones on the touchline during a pre-season friendly match at Kenilworth Road in 2019 - PA
Then Luton manager Graeme Jones on the touchline during a pre-season friendly match at Kenilworth Road in 2019 - PA

Newcastle United are set to confirm the appointment of Graeme Jones as a coach under Steve Bruce this week in a show of faith to their under-fire manager.

Telegraph Sport understands the appointment of a new coach has been something Newcastle have been working on for several months and Bruce has fully endorsed the appointment of Jones.

Jones, who has been given permission to talk to Newcastle by current club Bournemouth, was sacked as manager of Luton Town last season. But he is a highly-rated young coach who has worked as assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgium national side.

Bruce has felt for some time that a new voice on the training pitch would benefit his players, and although he is fighting to save his job on Tyneside following a run of 10 games without a win, he does not appear to be in any immediate danger of the sack.

That could well change if the Magpies lose their next two games against Leeds United and Everton, but it has been business as usual behind the scenes with the manager holding regular conversations with managing director Lee Charnley about transfer targets over the last few days.

The worry, though, is that Newcastle will not sign anyone before the transfer window closes as they are waiting for clubs to agree to deals for the players they have expressed an interest in.

As things stand, like most clubs, they anticipate a hectic last few days of the window, but there is concern they may not be able to do anything to improve a floundering squad because of the financial restrictions in place under owner Mike Ashley.

Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhuryis on their shortlist, but the Foxes would rather sell the 23 year-old and Newcastle only want a loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

There was a protest outside St James’ Park on Saturday night, with banners attacking both manager and owner Ashley erected minutes after the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday night.

The fact the banners were made before that result, so that they could be displayed, shows how much anger there is towards Bruce, with one of the flags pointing out that Ashley waited too long to bring in a new manager when they were relegated to the Championship in 2009 and 2016.