Newcastle assistant coach Graeme Jones is being called up to England’s coaching staff for Euro 2020

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Newcastle assistant coach Graeme Jones is being called up to the England coaching staff for Euro 2020 by Gareth Southgate after forward coach Allan Russell was relieved from his role at Three Lions for his involvement in a road accident.

Newcastle assistant Graeme Jones will strengthen the England coaching team at the European Championship this summer.

Jones, who will join the squad when their Euro 2020 preparations kick off Saturday and will remain with the Three Lions for the duration of their participation in the tournament, has been commended for the impact he has since made at the club in Northeast. -Europe. arrives earlier this year.

He is replacing forward coach Allan Russell, who was relieved of his duties with the Three Lions due to a traffic accident involving his brother, of which he was a part.

Graeme Jones has been added to the England coaching staff ahead of Euro 2020 this summer

“We won’t be making an equivalent substitute in that kind or area, but I’m disappointed with Allan and the situation that has arisen,” Southgate said.

But we are delighted to bring in Graeme Jones, who is clearly working with Newcastle at the moment. He has had fantastic experiences working with Roberto Martinez as an assistant manager.

So I’m really happy with Steve Holland, with Graeme and with Martyn Margetson in there, who went to the semifinals with us and Wales, and Chris Powell. We have a very strong coaching team and we are very much looking forward to the challenge. ‘

Jones joined the St James’ Park staff in January, helping Steve Bruce’s squad maintain their place in the Premier League, and is expected to return to the staff of the Magpies ahead of the 2021-22 summit campaign.

The 51-year-old was part of Roberto Martinez's staff at Belgium during the 2018 World Cup

The 51-year-old was part of Roberto Martinez’s staff at Belgium during the 2018 World Cup

And the English boss said, ‘I have to thank Steve Bruce and (Newcastle CEO) Lee Charnley for helping us work with Graeme. They have been incredibly supportive to us and I really appreciate that. ‘

Former Luton manager Jones, 51, has previously served as assistant to Roberto Martinez on the Belgian national team.

Jones was part of Martinez’s staff during the 2018 World Cup when they reached the semi-finals. They defeated England twice in the tournament – once in the group stage and again in the third place play-off match.

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Graeme Jones, England’s new recruit, was dropped in Newcastle in January and did not land peacefully.

He was introduced by the club via a polished internal interview in which he spoke more like a manager than an assistant, which inevitably aroused suspicion.

But once the noise had subsided, the former Luton boss and Belgian assistant let his work on the training ground do the talking.

Within a few days it began to become apparent how great an impression he had made on the Newcastle players. He had known for a while that his first game in the dugout would likely be in Everton, so he arrived with a deep understanding of the opposition.

Not only that, he had clearly been studying the Newcastle players. There were one-on-one conversations and little nuggets of advice and observations he’d made.

The Magpies won 2-0 at Goodison Park using a new diamond formation reportedly the brainchild of Jones, ending a run of six consecutive defeats.

There were fluctuations in form after that, but there is no doubt the positive impact his addition had on Newcastle’s season. He won the respect of the players, and a joke about the fact that he never quite knew if he was about to turn because there is an intensity in his behavior.

He’s established a good reputation very quickly in his native Tyneside, but that reputation could spread nationally this summer after Gareth Southgate’s smart choice.

The 51-year-old has tournament experience helping Belgium reach the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, where they beat England twice.

Jones will then have a clear idea of ​​England’s strengths and weaknesses. At least now they can be used to their advantage.

BY CRAIG HOPE

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