Jones happy with Toon preparation

24 October 2021 18:47:56 CET
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Boyhood Newcastle United fan Graeme Jones says he won't let his emotions run riot as he prepares for his first match in temporary charge of the Magpies at Crystal Palace.

Jones, interim head coach following Steve Bruce's dismissal, takes charge of a Newcastle side who are 16/5 to claim all three points at Selhurst Park and 13/5 to secure a draw.

Jones has options

And Jones revealed he has almost a full squad to pick from, although Jonjo Shelvey is suspended and first-choice keeper Martin Dubravka and defender Paul Dummett are still out injured, though both have returned to training.

The Newcastle coach conceded it's going to be a tough challenge at Palace, who may have only won one match under new head coach Patrick Vieira, but who are unbeaten at home.

They'll all be ready, they'll all know their jobs.

Graeme Jones

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Jones told reporters: "The one thing I can say to you is that over the last three days, every single player has had the same experience tactically, both off and on the ball."

Every player is ready

"So whatever side I decide to go with, they'll all be ready, they'll all know their jobs. Back to the preparation thing, that's been where my focus has been this week.

"My focus is not on anything other than doing the best I can and making sure everyone else does the best they can for this football club - in the short and long term - to get results."

The Magpies are yet to win a league game this season and have shipped 19 goals in the eight top-flight matches they have played so far this term.

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