Paulo Fonseca is in early talks with Newcastle after emerging as the frontrunner to succeed Steve Bruce, who left St James’ Park on Wednesday morning by “mutual consent.”
Fonseca, a 48-year-old Portuguese who has previously managed Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma, is currently unemployed and eager to work for Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian-led owners. In the summer, he came close to taking over at Tottenham and is said to be admired by Amanda Staveley, the club’s minority stakeholder and director in charge of day-to-day operations.
Despite the fact that Fonseca has been in contact with Newcastle’s owners since late summer, no final decision has been reached, and other managers such as Roberto Martinez, Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre, Steven Gerrard, and Eddie Howe are still being considered.
Belgium coach Martnez is rumored to be interested in a role that would reunite him with his old assistant, Graeme Jones. Jones, who was Bruce’s No 2 until recently, has been appointed caretaker manager of Newcastle and will be in the technical area at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
source : Guardian sport