Caretaker manager Graeme Jones wasted no time in implementing a plan for Crystal Palace last week. He held a meeting with the players on Wednesday after Steve Bruce’s departure was confirmed that morning.
During that meeting, Jones told the players that the slate was clean and their performances in training would largely dictate his team selection for the weekend. Jones then held three days of training in preparation for The Eagles.
While the performance was lacking in many areas, there was an obvious plan that ultimately lead to a good away result. As Jones said after the match, Rome wasn’t built in a day. He also added the following:
“You have to have a platform.
“That’s where the work has been this week (defensively) and we need to continue with that.
“We had three days preparation so we’ve got five games preparation for the Champions League winners coming to St James’ Park.”
The Chronicle is reporting that Jones will use all five days this week to prepare the lads for the league leaders, Chelsea, who come to St. James’ Park on Saturday. The difficulty level significantly rises with reigning Champions League winners coming to town.
Chelsea will see Newcastle as a must-win to keep pace at the top of the Premier League table with Liverpool and Manchester City hot on their trail. It could take something special to get a result on Saturday.
The aim will be an improvement on the display at Selhurst Park. This could be the last match for Jones as the caretaker. He’ll do everything he can to prepare the lads for Saturday.