The Magpies have signed the England international from a relegated Burnley side for a deal worth reported £10m.


Pope collaborated with Jones, the former youth team manager at Charlton Athletic Under-21s, during his time there as an academy player.



The Luton manager stressed that the goalkeeper’s primary responsibility is to prevent goals from being scored and is also certain that Pope will adhere to Howe’s instructions to improve the technical aspects of his game.


“He’s not as strong as some top keepers with his feet, that’s not a secret”, Jones told The Athletic.



“That’s not to say he can’t play; what he needs to do, he does.”


“Eddie develops players and, if anyone is going to work with him on it, he will”, he said.



“First and foremost, your goalkeeper is there to defend.


“Yes, he’s an extra body in build-up, but I’m a big believer in getting a keeper who can do the basics of goalkeeping first, then work with him on the other stuff”, Jones added.


“Nick will do exactly what Eddie needs him to.”


Newcastle will open their Premier League campaign against newly promoted Nottingham Forest on 6th August and it remains to be seen if Pope is between the sticks.