Newcastle manager Graeme Jones cancels days off Steve Bruce gave players ahead of Chelsea clash

GRAEME JONES canceled the usual Newcastle days he had under Steve Bruce with the arrival of Chelsea at Toon.

Fans were frustrated that Bruce was giving the stars off Monday and Friday as they toil near the bottom of the Premier League.

Jones hopes to leave the team in good shape for the next president


Jones hopes to leave the team in good shape for the next presidentCredit: GETTY IMAGES

Newcastle interim president Jones quickly put an end to that as he left no stone unturned before facing the soaring Blues after a point at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Jordi is still in the dark on whether he will take charge against Brighton next Saturday, despite confirming a role under the new manager.

Lucien Favre remains the favorite to replace Bruce, with Saudi presidents and co-owner Amanda Staveley keen on Roberto Martinez and Unai Emery.

But with much-needed points ahead of any arrival, Jones believes it makes no sense to cancel out the team’s downtime.

More time on the court leads to better performance, says the interim president.

He said: “These are hard-working guys here, very professional, they have responded really well to being there for five days.

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“As long as you don’t physically kill people – the work has to be measured – the more time you spend in the training ground, the math is simple, you have a better chance of performing. We’ve covered more areas.

“The big difference is that I have these ideas and can only implement them. The players trust me enough to deliver them correctly physically.

“It was needed. Why? Because we needed to be better than we were at Crystal Palace and the Champions League winners are coming to town. The players’ reaction has been fantastic.”

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