Tuchel gives verdict on Newcastle’s new manager

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Newcastle have had a tough season as they are currently 19th in the Premier League and yet to get a win this season.

The club decided to axe Steve Bruce as head coach with Graeme Jones taking his place on an interim basis.

Jones led the Magpies to an away draw against Crystal Palace in his first game and will be taking charge of his first home fixture against Chelsea on Saturday.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he doesn’t know what to expect from the new manager, but believes his team can do the job.

He said: “We’ll find a lot of reasons for both arguments, so maybe it’s best not to reflect on it. They have a new energy in the city and a new energy in the club from the announcement of the takeover.

“They decided now to change the manager and his is what we have to deal with and what we have to overcome. It’s a little bit more difficult to analyse them because we have only one match with the current manager to look at.

“We’re not 100 per cent sure what to expect and all of this ends with the same conclusion – focus on us, focus on our limits, focus on our standards and push ourselves to the limits. If it’s easier or harder, it’s a question we cannot answer and we don’t want to answer.”

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