'It's a bit boring for you lads' – Graeme Jones on talks with Newcastle United's new owners and his future
Graeme Jones expects to hold talks with Newcastle United’s new owners over his immediate future following the outcome of the Chelsea game.
Jones will take interim charge for the second successive match as the Premier League league leaders visit St James’s Park.
Last week, the Magpies drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace – their first game since Steve Bruce’s departure.
Jones will hold talks with Amanda Staveley & Co after full-time against the European champions to discover if his caretaker spell will be extended or if a new manager is close to being appointed.
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He said: "I’m not looking past my remit which is Chelsea.
“I’m sure I’ll have a discussion with the new owners on Saturday night or Sunday and they’ll let me know what the plan is going forward.
"I’m ready for everything. We’ll have to wait and see. It’s in their (new owners’) hands, not mine.”
Jones revealed he remains in regular contact with the new owners, who are searching for a permanent successor to Bruce.
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He added: "I’m in regular contact with them (the new owners). Nothing’s changed on that front.
"I’m just preparing the team. I know it’s a bit boring for you lads with the old football cliches but that is genuinely where we are as a football club.
"What happens between now and January 1 is going to define our season. I must concentrate on the Chelsea game.
"I’ve not thought about anything I can assure you."
On his long-term future, Jones reiterated: “I have been assured of my future at the football club so that won't change for me. Whether I am manager or assistant, I will be studying Brighton.
"If I was in that position or an assistant manager you are fully focused on the Chelsea game, you then refresh on Sunday and start work on Monday and prepare the best you can.
"The way I am as a person I am curious and you want to have an opinion. You can only have an opinion if you watch your own team and your opponent in detail.
"As a manager, you have extra responsibility with the media and players but in terms of preparation that won't change no matter what role I am given."