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FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING: Newcastle interim boss on next manager

Interim manager Graeme Jones says anyone who wants to manage Newcastle United must "fight for every situation" as the club look to appoint a new boss.

Jones was speaking to the press ahead of Newcastle travelling to Crystal Palace in their first game since dismissing Steve Bruce as head coach.

The caretaker boss at Newcastle spoke of what qualities he thinks the manager of the club should possess, and he feels it should be someone who represents what the North East is all about.

"If you think about the area, all anyone wants is hard work, honesty and to make sure you fight for every situation," Jones said.

"That represents the North East and the Geordies. Any manager that comes in - that'd be a great starting place."

Newcastle interim boss Jones is speaking from experience as someone who grew up supporting Newcastle United and could arguably be putting himself in the frame for the job with quotes like that.

However, he played down that notion by admitting all he wants is the best for the club he loves.

"I was a supporter in the Gallowgate through the Keegan era and I know the culture of this football club," Jones added.

"My focus isn't on anything other than doing the best I can and making sure everyone else does the best they can in the short and long term to get results."

He gets to lead his boyhood club out at Selhurst Park on Saturday and many Newcastle fans will be interested to see which players he picks for the starting eleven.

The former Swansea, Wigan and Belgium assistant said that he feels that whatever team he decides on, they'll be prepared for the task at hand.

"Every single player, 20 players plus goalkeepers, will have had the same experience tactically both on and off the ball.

"Whatever side I decide to go with - they will all be ready. They will all know their jobs. That's what my focus has been."

Newcastle will be without Martin Dubravka, who has returned to training but Jones admits this game is too early for him to return.

Paul Dummett and Elliot Anderson are training individually as well, which means the Magpies are stepping closer to having a fully fit squad.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is paying little attention to Newcastle’s position in the Premier League and expects the visitors to show their worth to the club’s new owners on Saturday.

Vieira said: “I don’t think there is an easy time to play any team. They will have their problems but at same time when you are in this situation as a player you will want to perform because you want to show you can be part of the new project.

“We will be ready to perform, to work hard and to give ourselves the best shot to take the three points.”

Palace are expected to welcome back Wilfried Zaha after he recovered from the illness that sidelined him in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international is one of many Premier League players to have been subjected to racism on social media in recent seasons and ex-Magpies boss Bruce this week revealed the pain suffered by him and his family in the wake of social media abuse.

“I think sometimes it goes over the line and the abuse that Steve received was unacceptable,” Vieira said.

“When we are talking about this kind of abuse, we are talking about any kind of abuse, it can mean any kind of discrimination or abuse the manager is receiving.

“I think it is unacceptable and we know where we are and we know the importance of managers and the responsibility that we are taking, but I think people are going over the line.”


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