Former Luton Town manager Graeme Jones has been named as the interim boss at Premier League side Newcastle United.

Jones, 51, was appointed to the position after the sacking of Steve Bruce earlier today (20/10).

Bruce had been under pressure following a poor start to the season, where Newcastle are yet to win a game in the Premier League, and following the club’s takeover by a new consortium backed by the Saudi Arabian PIF.

The sacking of Bruce brings to an end a tenure of just over two years in length, with the now former Head Coach having been appointed in 2019 as a replacement for Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle have confirmed that Jones will take charge of the club for Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace, assuming no new manager is appointed before then. Several names have been linked with the Newcastle job since the club’s takeover earlier this month, though it remains to be seen how long it will take for the Magpies to appoint Bruce’s permanent replacement.

Assuming he takes charge at Selhurst Park, the match be Jones’ first game in charge as a number one since his final game in charge of Luton Town, which was a 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic in March 2020 in the last game before the coronavirus-induced suspension of English football.

At the Hatters, Jones managed 41 games in all competitions, winning 12 of them. He was replaced during the pandemic-induced stoppage by the returning Nathan Jones, who had become available after leaving Stoke City and who ultimately lead Luton to Championship survival.

Jones has been working at Newcastle since January 2021. He had previously joined Bournemouth in his first job since leaving Luton Town, who he managed between May 2019 and April 2020, before making the move to the North East. Jones had also worked as part of the England set-up during the European Championships last summer.