Some bold claims have arrived from Italian journalists Nicolo Schira and Fabrizio Romano on Newcastle United’s pursuit of former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.
According to Schira’s Thursday night update, the move is in the ‘final stages’ following talks with the new owners, stating that he’s expected to sign a three-year-deal at St James’ Park.
Romano has also backed up these claims, stating that Fonseca is ‘ready’ to accept the role and the frontrunner.
Sky Sports confirmed that the 48-year-old met with members of the Saudi consortium on Wednesday, but they insisted that other candidates – including Eddie Howe and Lucien Favre – will be given a chance to impress them during interviews before a final decision is made.
Nevertheless, here’s what Schira told his 175,000 followers on Twitter, claiming Fonseca is close to landing the job:
Sky Italy’s Fabrizio Romano also believes he’s in pole position:
Portuguese ‘insider’ Pedro Almeida also tweeted this in the last few moments – a cryptic tweet that points to Fonseca’s potential arrival?
Interestingly, The Telegraph have also reported that we are set to offer him a whopping £6m-per-year if he does become the new Newcastle manager – a deal which would make him one of the highest paid managers outside the ‘big six.’
That said, they, like Sky, also report that the new owners are yet to make a final decision and will be speaking to other candidates first, making some believe Schira’s update is a tad premature.
Time will tell, but it may be best to take this one with a pinch of salt for now…