Newcastle owners making ‘long-term’ calls with key change next manager must accept

Newcastle fans 'paying tribute' to Saudi owners says reporter

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Newcastle’s owners are reportedly making ‘long-term’ calls for the club in their search for a new manager and there are certain terms for whoever comes in must accept. Graeme Jones has been given the interim job while Newcastle look for their next boss.

And the 51-year-old confirmed on Friday that he will also be in charge next week against Chelsea, suggesting no final decision has been made on a permanent replacement.

He said: “So, initially with Wednesday, it was difficult, but we all know the speed of football, we had to move and because if you miss a session you’re behind.

“We had to get the boys ready for the game.

“I spoke to the owners on Wednesday morning and they asked me to take the team on an interim basis for the next two games.

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“I’m fully focused on preparing the team for those games.”

Paolo Fonseca, Lucien Favre and Frank Lampard are among the favourites to take up the vacant position.

But the Chronicle claim no ‘definitive answer’ has been made with Part-owner Amanda Staveley and the Saudi-Arabian-backed consortium in regular contact.

However, the report states that all managers who have expressed an interest in taking the Newcastle job will have to accept a transfer committee being put in place.

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It is said that ‘long-term’ calls are being made with big changes expected to happen behind the scenes.

A Director of Football is set to be hired to try and follow in the footsteps of the elite Premier League clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester City.

The new manager may not have the final say on transfers, unlike what Bruce and Rafael Benitez had during their time in charge.

Marc Overmars has been touted as a possible option for Newcastle and he was linked with the role in the past.

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The report states that Graham Carr had ‘recommended’ Overmars during the early years of his role at Ajax.

And the Arsenal hero was ‘very keen’ on taking up the position, but Newcastle opted against hiring a Director of Football.

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