Paulo Fonseca’s pledge to Saudi consortium revealed in new report as NUFC eye ‘ideal candidate’

According to The Mirror, Paulo Fonseca has pledged to deliver ‘attacking’ and ‘entertaining’ football during talks with Newcastle United’s new owners.

The former Roma coach is currently the bookies favourite to replace Steve Bruce, with The Telegraph revealing yesterday that he has the support of NUFC shareholder Amanda Staveley.

Now, The Mirror’s Simon Bird has revealed that some in the Saudi consortium see him as the ‘ideal candidate’ to take charge, being attracted by his attacking approach, but also his ‘European connections’ and ‘defined style of play’ – two things that could help us recruit well in January.

Bird states that Newcastle have ‘talked detailed numbers’ with Fonseca, although recent reports insist he is not the only name under serious consideration, with Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe and Steve Gerrard also believed to be ‘in the frame.’.

Here’s a snippet from his latest piece:

Fonseca is lining up the Toon job with a pledge to produce attacking, entertaining football, after the Saudi-funded consortium wielded the axe 13 days after buying.

The 47-year-old had agreed a contract to take over at Spurs in June but the deal collapsed.

He is regarded by some in the consortium as the ideal candidate, and brings European connections and a defined style to the team, ahead of signings in January.

Newcastle have talked detailed numbers with Fonseca, who led Roma to fifth in Serie A in his first season.

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10 thoughts on “Paulo Fonseca’s pledge to Saudi consortium revealed in new report as NUFC eye ‘ideal candidate’

  1. We have a few really good players and if Jones makes the changes needed…

    ..and we play well against Palace = he just might be the one for NUFC

    I know we all love the big names but I saw the affect Chris Houghton had on the Team & he just got it…

    …we may already have a Manager in waiting (?)


  2. Just to add to the above = IF Richie is Left Back…

    …get a New Manager ASAP – Richie gives everything ALL the time and yes further up the field where he shines.

    The strongest back four this season was against Burnley – never played together again (?) – with Lewis in & yes, if you get in for the first time in a while there’s a few errors BUT let’s support as he will be very good


  3. Before NUFC brings in a coach, a DOF needs to be appointed then a manager that is on the same arms length when it comes to squad developments and additions.
    The most ideal candidate is Luis Campos. This man is a genius at spotting talent


  4. Attacking & entertaining football is all well and good – but it needs to be affective too. We need points on the board quickly.

    Fonseca could well be the man to bring us the football we want to watch – but immediately, he is a coach that favours a formation with 3 CBs and whether we like it or not our current squad favour that formation too.
    That could be vital in the transition phase.

    There isn’t much change to our squad that got the 10, 13,13,12 place finishes – and they were with 3 CBs for the most part.


  5. I agree with the main comments on here, attacking football is exactly what we want with the obvious addition of a quality defence. Put players in their correct positions, that would be a good start.


  6. KK:
    …….I saw the affect Chris Houghton had on the Team & he just got it…

    Chris Hughton had a few games as caretaker then took over the team when he had premier league players, on premier league wages, BUT IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, not the other way round.


  7. I can’t wait for the day we cost Man Utd & Liverpool their champions league place, not because of their fans who I am sure are nice people, especially the red scousers, just horrible clubs who have tried to block out any competition from anywhere…..


  8. Slightly missing the point = not advocating bringing CH back…

    ..just would be interesting to see how Jones changes the team on Saturday and take it from there!

    At last we have owners that want the best for NUFC = let’s enjoy the ride!


  9. Yes I agree a director of football is urgently needed, especially as The Saudis are getting a bit worried about no progress being made.
    And yes So far the best choice “In my very umble opinion “is the young
    (for a manager) Fonseca.
    However a good scouting system and trainer, with the latest training facilities are all of importance, any EPL side should have the best in upper management, a lesson learned from Ashley who was the only upper management, look where they got us.
    And if NUFC are to advance we must have all of the above.
    Being this is a very important time in the rebuilding of the club, the foundations must be fundamentally sound.
    Though it may be a good idea to sign some outta contract but decent players to avoid relegation before the winter window opens and for the future eliminate both winter and summer windows, which having been installed just don’t seem to work as expected.
    Whatever happened to the elderly chief scout who brought us that bunch which included Wynaldum and the French crowd, which Ashley made a killing from selling off ?


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