Callum Wilson has revealed Newcastle United assistant manager is a 'little bit more tactically aware and up to date' than head coach Steve Bruce.

Jones joined Bruce's coaching staff in January this year and while Newcastle initially continued on their dire run of two wins in 21 matches, they ended the season winning five of their last nine matches to pull clear of relegation trouble.

The arrival of the former Belgium, Everton and Wigan assistant manager coincided with a change in formation and there were a number of conspiracy theories that emerged as a result.

Many suggested it was Jones' system that provided the improvement, while there was talk that Jones wasn't Bruce's appointment.

That has been flatly denied by Bruce on a number of occasions but now Wilson, while speaking to Newcastle legend Alan Shearer in an interview with The Athletic, has offered an insight into how Bruce, Jones, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence operate as a coaching staff.

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“I think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach (in January), definitely complemented the manager because he’s a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes," Wilson revealed.

"When you see the results towards the back end of the season and the way we were in games, we had more of a style and philosophy. That will happen from the start of the season with a good coach around to help out the previous coaches.

“We’ll have a good season this year, definitely. I’m going to be on it, Allan is going to be on it — and I’ll be kicking him up the a*** to make sure he is! Jonjo (Shelvey), is almost fit now, Ryan Fraser is fit and getting games in, we’ve got Fabby (Fabian Schar), who is great on the ball and who just needs some more game time.

“You hear the outside stuff and people calling for the manager’s head, but sometimes change isn’t always a good thing. We just need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to start the season right.

"We’ve got a tough run-in so we don’t want to be letting it go down to the back end of the season, that’s for sure. If we can get as many points as we can on the board before Christmas, we’ll be in a good place.”

Wilson also discussed his relationship with Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

The 24-year-old has missed Newcastle's last two friendlies with an unspecified illness and it coincided with links to a move to Everton.

However, the Toffees are believed to be targeting a move for Burnley winger Dwight McNeil instead and Wilson has revealed the Frenchman is 'really focused' ahead of the new campaign, which could coincide with a role change on the pitch this term.

Callum Wilson (L) jostles with Allan Saint-Maximin (R)
Callum Wilson (L) jostles with Allan Saint-Maximin (R)

“[He has] Come back with a mindset that’s really focused, like he’s got a drive. He said to me, ‘I want to go to the World Cup with France’," Wilson added.

“In training, I say to him, ‘Listen, you would be so much better if you do your skills and then do the simple thing and sometimes you don’t even need to do skills because you’re so quick and powerful. Just go and pass it simple’.

“He’ll take on a player, take him on again and take him on again and I’ll be, ‘Look, you can do that, but can you do the other side? Because that’s what’s going to take you from Newcastle to the France World Cup squad’.

"After the Burnley game last year, I said to him, ‘That was unbelievable, you can be a world-beater like that, so do it more often’.

“This year, if we both say fit, we can build on that. The manager wants to play him as a No 10 which is perfect for me."

You can read Wilson's full, extensive interview with Shearer in The Athletic, here.

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