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Duncan Castles shares what Paulo Fonseca has told his friends about Newcastle United job, confirms talks

Duncan Castles has told the Transfer Window podcast that Paulo Fonseca has told friends he is keen to take over at Newcastle – and has held talks.

Fonseca, 48, is out of work having left Roma in the summer of 2019 – just weeks after taking the Italian side to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The Portuguese gaffer is incredibly experienced after numerous spells at Porto, Braga and Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, among others.

Three years as Shakhtar Donetsk saw him win the title three years on the bounce – winning 103 of his 139 games. His stint at Roma was a good one.

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He almost joined Tottenham – but now is considered one of the favourites to take over at Newcastle, along with Lucien Favre and Eddie Howe.

Castles explains what Fonseca has told his friends about Newcastle. He states he is keen on the move and that talks have been held with the Toon.

“One of the candidates is definitely Paulo Fonseca. Fonseca, talking to friends last night, said there had been contact with Newcastle.

“He was interested, and it is a possibility. He certainly fits the profile of wanting to play attacking football, an aggressive front-foot coach.”

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Fonseca on Newcastle: Portuguese gaffer would excite Toon fans

If they are patient. Newcastle fans want to be given a bit of belief, a bit of hope. Fonseca loves to play aggressive, attacking football.

That will encourage supporters. But there needs to be some hesitancy, too. Newcastle have one of the worst squads in the Premier League.

It is why Steve Bruce and Rafa Benitez played so defensively. Keeping them in the Premier League has seen them somewhat punch above their weight.

But give Fonseca time, a couple of windows, to improve the squad and his attacking style will have fans out of their seats on Tyneside, soon.

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