Newcastle manager: Mourinho-inspired boss with 'very unique' style is now 'main contender'

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Newcastle World journalist Liam Kennedy believes Paulo Fonseca is currently in pole position to replace Steve Bruce as the club’s manager.

The North-East club are currently searching for their next permanent manager after Bruce was removed from his role on Wednesday.

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Fonseca is understood to be a person of interest at Newcastle, while Eddie Howe and Lucien Favre are also possible options for the St James’ Park job.

These three men are reportedly the leading candidates to take over from Bruce, as Newcastle’s new owners look to bring in someone who can lead the team away from the relegation zone.

Fonseca is currently out of work after leaving Serie A outfit Roma at the end of last season. He has also previously managed in his homeland of Portugal, plus in Ukraine at Shakhtar Donetsk, and he was heavily linked with taking over at Tottenham in the summer.



What has Kennedy said about Fonseca potentially taking charge at Newcastle?

Kennedy has confirmed that Newcastle are keen on Fonseca. As things stand, he thinks the 48-year-old is the frontrunner to be the club’s next manager.

When asked if Fonseca was in the mix to take charge of the Premier League club, Kennedy told GIVEMESPORT: “Very much so. I believe he is the main contender.”

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What can Newcastle fans expect from Fonseca if he is appointed their next manager?

The Portuguese coach has previously spoken about how he wants his teams to dominate possession, and this may please Newcastle supporters. The Magpies have only had an average of 41.8% possession in their league matches this season, so having more of the ball would be a welcome change.

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Fonseca has also claimed in the past that he has a “very unique” philosophy with regards to his playing style. While he has admitted that his fellow countryman Jose Mourinho inspired him when he first started in management, he has also stated that he likes to follow the lead of Pep Guardiola when it comes to how his players perform on the pitch. 

Once again, this will be music to the ears of the Geordie faithful. Guardiola’s Manchester City have lit up the Premier League over the last five years, and if Fonseca could get Newcastle playing in a similar way over time, it would make them a very entertaining side to watch.

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