A manager known for his attacking brand of football who held a verbal agreement with Tottenham this summer has become a ‘serious candidate’ to become the next Newcastle United boss, per a report.
Current boss Steve Bruce will take charge of his 1000th game in management when Newcastle face Tottenham on Sunday. However, widespread reports have stated that despite win, lose or draw, that will be Bruce’s final act at the helm.
Newcastle have lofty ambitions to put themselves among the world’s elite following their Saudi-led takeover. While headline transfers will have to wait until January, a managerial appointment is expected to come next week.
ESPN back up that notion, claiming Bruce will be in line for an £8m compensation package. To the world’s richest club, a figure of that amount is a drop in the ocean.
Attention has seemingly already turned to who will take charge once the axe falls. But despite the obvious lure of leading an exciting new project and possessing a massive transfer war chest, several managers have already ruled themselves out of contention.
Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez are understood to have pulled themselves out of the running. Nonetheless, the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Eddie Howe, Roberto Martinez and Lucien Favre have been mooted.
But per ESPN, former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is becoming a ‘serious candidate’ for the job.
Fonseca had been tipped to take the reins at Tottenham this summer. The Telegraph even insisted the 48-year-old had reached an agreement in principle with Spurs.
The deal ultimately fell through due to Fonseca’s apparent unhappiness over the financial aspects on offer. He later claimed differences with Director of Football Fabio Paratici were to blame.
Nonetheless, Fonseca remains available to hire and the ESPN report states his brand of attacking football is ‘intriguing’ to Newcastle’s hierarchy.
Whether Fonseca will get the gig, only time will tell. But for now at least, it appears the Portuguese is certainly in the mix.
Carragher cites Man Utd in stark Newcastle warning
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has claimed Manchester United are the perfect example of why Newcastle United may struggle more than they think.
The Liverpool legend wrote in his column for the Telegraph: “Realistically, the initial Newcastle plan must be to target young, hungry players outside the top four. Players who want to commit to pioneering the north east renaissance.
“When the Saudi Arabians study the last 10 years of English football, they will know there is more to success than spending millions on new players.
“Manchester United have splashed out a billion since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and are into their ninth season without the Premier League title.
“They’re the most obvious example that a football club cannot guarantee titles by being the biggest spenders. They must have the right people within the organisation spending it.
“They must make smart recruitment choices. Especially as agents start seeing commission fees and pushing their clients towards St James’ Park. Clubs will eye an opportunity to offload their deadwood for inflated prices.”