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Manager hopes he's done enough to land Newcastle job after Thursday talks - report

Newcastle United continue to be linked with Paulo Fonseca, the apparent frontrunner for the Magpies manager job.

The new Newcastle owners are in pursuit of a new manager after parting company with Steve Bruce earlier this week.

While reports suggest the Magpies haven’t made their decision yet, it looks as though Fonseca is closing in on the hotseat.

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According to Chronicle Live, Fonseca is hoping to agree a deal with Newcastle after further talks on Thursday.

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The outlet, citing sources close to the 48-year-old, claims he is eager to become the next boss at St James’ Park.

Fonseca is keen to taste life in the Premier League after getting close to landing the Spurs job, added the report.

The Portuguese reportedly held a Zoom call with members of the Newcastle hierarchy, including Amanda Staveley and Lee Charnley, on Wednesday.

Newcastle have been talking to other candidates including Roberto Martinez and Eddie Howe, but Fonseca hopes he’s done enough to get the job, added Chronicle Live.

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Indeed, the outlet claims that, if the pace of the Fonseca deal continues, he could even be in the stands at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

That said, the usual formalities are reportedly not sealed just yet.

Fonseca, currently a free agent, boasts several big teams on his CV including Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto.

He won the Ukrainian league and cup double in all three seasons with Shakhtar, plus a Ukrainian Super Cup.

Fonseca has nine trophies to his name – seven with Shakhtar, a Portuguese Cup with Braga, and a Portuguese Super Cup with Porto.

Roma legend Francesco Totti spoke highly of him last year, in conversation with Christian Vieri on Instagram live (via Futaa).

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“He’s smart, everyone speaks well of him both as a person and manager,” he said.

“I like him, he plays an offensive style of football and doesn’t fear anything.”

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