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Paulo Fonseca could be lining up for £6million deal with Newcastle to become their new manager


Ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca could be lining up for a £6million deal to take over at Newcastle after talks with new Saudi-backed owners – but a lack of Premier League experience could put him over it face as Toon battles relegation after Steve Bruce’s departure

  • Manager Steve Bruce left Newcastle United by mutual consent on Wednesday
  • The Toon are ranked 19th and have not won any of their eight games this season
  • Newcastle has been in talks with Paulo Fonseca as a possible replacement
  • New Saudi owners weigh up whether they need a boss with more experience

Newcastle are reportedly willing to offer Paulo Fonseca £6million to take over as manager at St James’ Park following the resignation of Steve Bruce.

Bruce was banned on Wednesday for not winning any of his first eight Premier League games this season, leaving the club 19th in the league table.

Under the new Saudi-backed ownership, which Amanda Staveley sees as one of the public faces in her directorial role, Bruce surprisingly took charge of Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham before leaving by “mutual consent.” ‘.

Paulo Fonseca has held talks with Newcastle about replacing Steve Bruce as manager

With Newcastle facing a relegation battle, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) property has considered turning to former Roma boss Fonseca to send them back to top flight safety.

According to the Telegraph, Fonseca has held talks with the club, with Staveley present, and is impressed by the Portuguese coach who left Roma last season and was about to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham during pre-season before the club left. pulled the plug on every deal.

The report adds some of the talks with the club, including video calls from his base in Kiev, where his wife is from, where he has been trying to convey his football philosophy to the new owners, and the club could now offer him a deal. offering worth £6 million in wages.

Sportsmail understands that the 48-year-old has not yet been offered the role.

Newcastle finally bid farewell to Bruce, who left by mutual consent on Wednesday

Newcastle finally bid farewell to Bruce, who left by mutual consent on Wednesday

The Toon’s new owners are still weighing their options and as Fonseca has failed in England, a shorter replacement with Premier League experience could offer a better fit.

In addition to Fonseca, other managers are considered for the role, including Belgian boss Roberto Martinez, Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe and Rudi Garcia, with a decision expected to be made next week.

Should the club decide on Fonseca, his expected salary would make him one of the highest paid coaches outside the traditional title challengers in the to-flight.

Bruce was sacked with a £8million payout and sources say it was always the intention to replace the 60-year-old but the performance and the toxic atmosphere towards the end of the 3-2 loss to Tottenham raised the need to replace the 60-year-old. action.

Newcastle new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan (center) and minority shareholder Amanda Staveley (center right) watched as Newcastle fell to defeat against Tottenham on Sunday

Newcastle new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan (center) and minority shareholder Amanda Staveley (center right) watched as Newcastle fell to defeat against Tottenham on Sunday

They feared the team would struggle to take another point without a change and Graeme Jones has been appointed temporarily in charge of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

The presence of new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan at Sunday’s game would play an important role in speeding up the process of removing Bruce. Co-owner Staveley had made him aware of the nature of supporters chants calling for the manager’s resignation.

There was also concern among some around the consortium when Sportsmail revealed this week that captain Jamaal Lascelles and team-mate Isaac Hayden had to be separated by the staff after the game, leading to a feeling of ‘malfunctioning’ behind the scenes.

Joint on 4/1 with Lucien Favre is Eddie Howe, who has been out of a job since leaving Bournemouth

Lucien Favre is another favorite who has dealt with big names at Borussia Dortmund

Eddie Howe (left) and Lucien Favre are also among the contenders for the Newcastle position

We understand Bruce left with his full £8m severance payment – a legacy from previous owner Mike Ashley’s reign – and indicated he wanted to go, leading to a statement Wednesday morning using the phrase ‘mutual consent’ .

It is thought Bruce’s departure was greeted with relief in a significant part of the dressing room and as of Wednesday night, only Allan Saint-Maximin had posted a message on social media in support of the head coach.

“You are without a doubt one of the nicest people I have ever met in the world of football,” he said. “You have been a man of your word, a caring man and an honest man who never hesitated to protect us. It was an honor and a privilege to have you as a coach.’



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