Here are your Newcastle United evening headlines for Monday, January 25.

Newcastle get permission to speak to Jones

Newcastle have been granted permission to speak to Bournemouth coach Graeme Jones over taking up a position at St James’ Park.

Jones has been in talks with the Cherries to seek permission to come to Newcastle just six months after linking up with Jason Tindall on the South Coast.

Jones, who managed Luton Town last season, will now link up with Steve Bruce and his current back-room team.

"I think the official view is we have been given permission to speak to Graeme.

"He will come in and hopefully we can have him in the next 24 hours.

"With what's gone on in the last few weeks, we've had sickness to the coaches and that's when it was brought to prominence.

"A fresh voice and a fresh approach is sometimes what you need."

Hughes clarifies Newcastle fan remarks

The ex-Manchester City and Stoke boss upset the Toon Army when he suggested on Saturday’s Football Focus that the expectation of the club’s supporters ‘overruns their potential’ when asked about Steve Bruce’s struggles in the job.

Given the increasing pressure that is on Bruce’s shoulders, Hughes has again spoke about Newcastle fans and clarified his previous remarks.

“Newcastle fans expect the team to play at a high level, and they seek quality attacking football that is exciting to watch," he said.

"Now when the potential of the team isn’t performing at its maximum there is naturally disappointment. There's a feeling that Rafa Benitez may have fulfilled the potential of the squads he had which is why the fans appreciate what he did for the club, but maybe that isn’t the case right now.

"However, in football sometimes all you need is for your luck to change and then the confidence within a group of players can come back very quickly and the potential can be fulfilled once more.

"Currently Manchester United are top of the Premier League who’ve had huge amounts of success over the last 30 years. The fans are currently not demanding that their team win the league, they are hopeful and only now starting to believe that maybe it is their year.

"If Newcastle were in their position, the fans would demand that performances remained high until the end, to win the title. The mentality of the Newcastle fans is what drives the club forward and what makes the club and city so unique.”

Toon plan to stick with Bruce

Newcastle have made plans to stick with current boss Steve Bruce at least until the end of the season.

Bruce has been under increasing pressure from supporters amid the current poor run of form, but will be handed the opportunity to guide the club away from relegation in the coming months.

The only hint that drastic action could be taken is if Newcastle sink into the bottom three, an area of the table they have stayed out of since October 2019.

Newcastle are also hoping to add loan players to their squad but must first clear a space or two in order to facilitate any such acquisition.

Bruce is waiting for word back from a clutch of Premier League clubs on possible loan targets.

"We've got one or two things bubbling along but a lot of clubs were waiting to see what's happened after this weekend to see if they're still in the FA Cup or not,” said Bruce.