Paulo Fonseca is the latest name to be linked to the Newcastle job following our £300million Saudi takeover.
The Mirror are reporting that the 48-year-old former Roma boss is on a shortlist that includes Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, as Steve Bruce’s time at our club enters its final chapter.
It is expected that Bruce will be sacked before our next home game against Spurs, with Graeme Jones in the frame to take the reins temporarily if nobody is appointed in time.
The new consortium will want their own man in the dugout and an easy open goal for them upon arrival would be sacking Bruce, who remains unpopular with our supporters.
Fonseca – a Portuguese manager who has previously managed Shakhtar Donetsk – was in the frame to replace Jose Mourinho at Spurs and was rumoured to have agreed a two-year deal, but he is currently jobless and keen to return to work.
He is perceived to have an attacking style of football that could reignite a fanbase that has had to watch nothing but dross in recent years, however it could be a risk to appoint someone with no experience in English football.
With Fonseca’s name now thrown into the mix, the following names have been linked with Bruce’s job since the takeover was announced on Thursday:
- Antonio Conte
- Steve Gerrard
- Brendan Rodgers
- Lucien Favre
- Graham Potter
- Eddie Howe
- Rafa Benitez
- Roberto Martinez
- Frank Lampard
- Paolo Fonseca