Paulo Fonseca could revitalise Aston Villa if he is named as Dean Smith’s successor, according to Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.
What’s the latest news involving Fonseca?
Reports suggest Fonseca has already been sounded out by the Villa hierarchy over potentially replacing Smith at the helm.
The club are on the lookout for a new boss after Smith was relieved of his duties this afternoon, with chief executive Christian Purslow insisting the board feel a change in management is needed now in order to allow a new chief to have the chance to make a telling impact.
Villa is not the first Premier League job Fonseca has been linked with in recent months as he held discussions with Tottenham Hotspur before talks broke down during the summer.
However, it became clear that the Portuguese was no longer in the running to succeed Bruce as it was initially claimed that had Unai Emery become the frontrunner, with Eddie Howe the only other applicant still in with a chance of taking charge of the Magpies.
What has Luke Hatfield said about Fonseca?
But Hatfield believes Fonseca could bring a change in Villa’s fortunes after going more than a month without a win.
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The journalist feels Fonseca could be the right man to take Villa forward.
Hatfield told GIVEMESPORT: “He could be a manager who could maybe revitalise Villa after not getting results and Dean Smith ending up leaving.”
How has Fonseca performed elsewhere?
It is in the Ukraine where he enjoyed the majority of his success, having led Shakhtar Donetsk to seven trophies, including the title on three occasions.
Fonseca also suffered just 18 defeats during his 139-match reign, showing he would bring a winning mentality to Villa Park if he succeeds Smith.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who played under Fonseca at Roma, has claimed that the Portuguese is ‘similar’ to Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel.