Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge says that he’s been told that Paulo Fonseca is on Newcastle‘s list to become their next manager.
Less than two weeks after the Magpies’ long-awaited takeover was confirmed, Steve Bruce was finally sacked following several weeks of uncertainty regarding his future.
The 60-year-old paid the price for their winless start to the Premier League season, which has left them inside the relegation-zone having collected just three points from their opening eight games.
Fonseca, who was on the verge of becoming the Tottenham manager back in July before a deal eventually collapsed right at the last minute, has emerged as a potential replacement for Bruce, according to Sky Sports.
What do we know about Fonseca?
Outside of his links with Tottenham earlier this month, the Portuguese is relatively unknown to English football.
Fonseca has managed more than 400 games in club football, although besides a domestic cup with Braga and some league titles and cups in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk, he has little to show for his efforts in the dugout.
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His most recent job was at Roma, but he oversaw their worst finish for almost a decade last season, which came after he guided the Italian giants to a 6th place finish 12 months earlier.
Fonseca’s Roma side were an entertaining outfit, scoring 145 league goals across two seasons in Serie A, but they shipped 109 goals across his two years, which is a slightly more concerning statistic.
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That record would surely appeal to the St James’ Park faithful, and Bridge revealed that he’s a figure that the Mapgies are tracking.
What did Bridge say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “So, Fonseca is on their list, is what I’ve been told.
“Poor guy, planning to get the Tottenham job, he told Spurs he was going to take a holiday, yeah, no problem. Oh, your phone is ringing, you’re not going to get the Tottenham job now.”
Is Fonseca the right fit?
His lack of experience in English football would definitely make him a risk, especially with Newcastle’s season likely to be nothing more than a relegation battle.
But Newcastle have some exciting attacking players on their hands, and Fonseca’s previous record suggests that he likes to play front foot football, which would at least get the supporters excited again.
With that in mind, Fonseca might not end up being the worst appointment, should the Newcastle hierarchy end up going down that route.