Steve Bruce addresses Graeme Jones's impact at Newcastle United – and reveals talks with two other coaches
Steve Bruce has spoken about the impact Graeme Jones has made at Newcastle United.
Jones was brought to the club in late January with Bruce wanting “fresh ideas” following a dismal run of Premier League and cup results. Bruce changed the system following Jones’s arrival – and results stabilised.
United's head coach has revealed that he spoke to two other unnamed coaches before appointing Jones, who had spent the first part of his coaching career alongside Roberto Martinez.
Bruce was asked about his relationship with Jones ahead of this afternoon’s game against Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield.
“Well, look, I appreciate his input,” said Bruce, who also has coaches Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Ben Dawson working alongside him. “He's had an input into the team which, obviously, I was hoping for.
"A fresh idea, a fresh voice, on the training ground is never a bad thing. I must stress that he was always my No.1 choice. I did speak to two others, but Graeme was the choice. I'm delighted. He's fitted in very well with the other lads who work with him.”
Bruce says Jones helped “turn around” the team, which had gone 11 league and cup games without a win before Jones’ arrival.
"All my staff work tirelessly, especially in the situation we were in, to turn us around,” said Bruce. “We're very pleased with his input."
Newcastle are 15th in the Premier League – and eight points above the relegation zone – ahead of the Liverpool game.