Eddie Howe: Next Newcastle manager will inherit ‘healthy’ squad, says outgoing Graeme Jones | Football News

Newcastle’s interim manager Graeme Jones said the club’s incoming manager will inherit a “healthy football team going in the same direction” after the draw with Brighton.

Eddie Howe was in the stands as Jones oversaw the Magpies’ second-half comeback to draw 1-1 with the Seagulls, who were reduced to 10-man late when goalkeeper Robert Sanchez was sent off to deny Callum Wilson the winning goal.

The former Bournemouth boss’s position as the club’s new manager has yet to be confirmed, and Jones said there was no contact between the duo before or after the game, but whoever took the helm at St James’ Park would take over. A club in a good place – despite finishing 19th in the Premier League table after 11 games.

Eddie Howe, former Bournemouth manager, sat next to Amanda Staveley at the AMEX Stadium

“It’s easy to break in situations like this, but as a group we didn’t allow it,” he said. “The boys are together. Whoever comes will inherit a healthy football team that is going in the same direction. You cannot achieve the response the way we did if you are not together. I think that is what makes me happy the most today.

“I suspect [the next manager] He needs to build on what he saw tonight. I think he saw teamwork. I think he saw a team that added more possession, more control of the ball, especially in the second half.

“I think he will inherit a team that was ready and able to move and put pressure on a brilliant Brighton team, with a great goalkeeper, up the field. So I think he will see that he has improved from Crystal Palace tonight.”

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Newcastle have retracted a VAR penalty kick against Ciaran Clark, which on-field referee David Cotet had initially invalidated, and without a chance to witness the incident again, Jones will only refer to the decision as “marginal” as to whether He should have been upset.

“I wanted to win, the plan was to come here and win, but when you have a marginal decision against you again with VAR in the first half, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself,” he said.

“I spoke to the boys at half-time and said no one else would help us – only we could help – and the response in the second half was the most enjoyable part of today’s match.”

Potter: We lost our way in the game

Brighton manager Graham Potter has remained positive despite his side’s run of a six-game unbeaten run with a draw against the struggling side in the Premier League.

“We didn’t have the points before the game so we got a point,” he said.

“I thought we played well, definitely in the first half, really well. It’s not easy to play against a team that defends deeply and has offensive players who have the quality that can hurt you in the transition period.

“So I thought they played really well until about an hour, then they scored goals and maybe we got lost a little bit which is something to improve, but the players tried and tried.

“It’s difficult to control things for 90 minutes in a Premier League match.

“But in the end it’s a point as we move forward and it keeps the scoreboard and we have to keep trying to improve.”

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