Newcastle interim manager Graeme Jones said the club’s next manager will inherit a “healthy football club going in the same direction” after his return to Brighton.
Eddie Howe was in the stands when Jones oversaw a second-half resurgence of the Magpies to draw 1-1 with the Seagulls, which were down to 10 men at the end when goalkeeper Robert Sanchez was sent off for denying Callum Wilson a goal from the victory.
The former Bournemouth manager’s position as the club’s next manager has yet to be confirmed and Jones said there had been no contact between the pair before or after the match, but that whoever took over the reins at St James’ Park would. would do. a club in a good place, despite ranking 19th in the Premier League table after 11 games.
“It’s easy to split in situations like this, but we as a group haven’t allowed it,” he said. “The boys are together. Whoever enters will inherit a healthy football club that goes in the same direction. You don’t get the answer the way we did if they are not together. I think that’s what we like the most today.”
“I think [the next manager] It needs to be based on what you have seen tonight. I think you have seen a union. I think you’ve seen a team that added a little more possession, a little more ball control, especially in the second half.
“I think he will inherit a team that without the ball was prepared and able to go and put pressure on a brilliant Brighton, with a fantastic goalkeeper, at the top of the field. So I think he will have seen that it has improved from Crystal Palace until tonight.” .
Newcastle fell behind a penalty awarded by the VAR against Ciaran Clark that had been initially rejected by on-field referee David Coote, and without the opportunity to see the incident again, Jones only referred to the decision as “marginal” as to whether it should have been overridden.
“I wanted to win, the plan was to come here and win, but when you again have a marginal decision against you with VAR in the first half, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself,” he said.
“I spoke to the guys at halftime and said that no one else is going to help us, only we can help each other, and the response in the second half was the most enjoyable part of today’s game.”
Potter: We lost our way in the game.
Brighton manager Graham Potter remained positive despite his team’s winless league streak extending to six games with their draw against the Premier League fighters.
“We didn’t have the points before the game, so it’s a point earned,” he said.
“I think we played well, certainly the first half, very well. It is not easy to play against a team that defends deeply and has the quality of attacking players that can hurt you in the transition.”
“So I thought they played really well up to about an hour, then they scored and we probably lost our way a little bit, which is something to improve on, but the guys tried and tried.
“It’s difficult to control things for 90 minutes in a Premier League game.
“But in the end it’s a point and we keep going and it keeps the score going and we have to keep trying to improve.”