Graeme Jones will lead Newcastle United when they take on Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Bruce was sacked on Wednesday after what was a difficult fortnight and his assistant will take charge for the trip to Selhurst Park.

Newcastle's new Saudi-backed owners completed their takeover of the club more than two weeks ago amid much fan hysteria.

They were poised to sack Bruce before he took charge of the loss to Tottenham at St James' Park, his 1000th game as a manager, last Sunday.

However, the 60-year-old was able to take in the milestone, even if the crowd made their feelings clear to him with anti-Bruce chants at the full-time whistle.

Paulo Fonseca, Lucien Favre and Eddie Howe have all been linked with the vacancy in the north east.

Until then, though, Jones will lead the Magpies as they aim to get a first Premier League win of the season at the ninth time of asking.

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Who is Graeme Jones?

It is a question many will be asking ahead of the game at Selhurst Park.

Jones has been the No 2 at Newcastle since January this year when he was prised away from Bournemouth, where he did the same job under Jason Tindall.

His impressive reputation saw him catch the eye of Gareth Southgate, who made him part of the England set-up for the Three Lions' run to the Euro 2020 final.

Southgate praised Jones' efforts, claiming he "added something different to the group".

Jones has only taken the top job once in his career, back at Luton Town in May 2019, but failed to last the year.

When football was curtailed due to the pandemic in March 2020, Luton were sat 23rd in the Championship and Jones left his post by mutual consent having won 12 of his 41 games.

Newcastle's caretaker spent plenty of time as Roberto Martinez's assistant, starting with him at Swansea City.

He was also part of Belgium's national team set-up under Martinez, where he also worked alongside Thierry Henry, before he became the No.2 at West Brom, serving as assistant to Darren Moore.

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What's the situation at Newcastle?

Jones will be assisted in his efforts on Saturday by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.

They were part of Bruce's backroom staff and will continue in their roles for the meantime.

Newcastle face Chelsea a week today in the north east - but there is no indication as to who will be in charge by that point.

The club have said: "The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course."

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