Newcastle have held talks with manager whose team Guardiola deemed ‘extraordinary’ – report

Newcastle have held talks with manager whose team Guardiola deemed 'extraordinary' - report

Newcastle United have reportedly held talks with Paulo Fonseca, according to the Daily Mail.

The Magpies are under new ownership, with a Saudi-led consortium taking over the club last week.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which holds an 80 percent stake in Newcastle, reportedly has assets worth $360 billion.

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This effectively makes Newcastle the richest club in the world.

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In the past week, the Magpies have been linked with a number of coaches, players and directors who could take the club to the next level.

And according to the Daily Mail, Fonseca has apparently held talks with the Newcastle hierarchy.

“Sources say there are concerns given he apparently interviewed poorly at Spurs in the summer,” they wrote.

“But it is understood some conversations have taken place between the two parties in recent days.”

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Reported Newcastle target gave Pep Guardiola a hard time in 2017

Fonseca previously managed Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma, but is currently a free agent.

The 48-year-old won the Ukrainian league and cup double in all three seasons with Shakhtar, plus a Ukrainian Super Cup.

Fonseca previously enjoyed spells at Sporting Braga, Pacos Ferreira and Porto, and came close to joining Spurs over the summer.

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

In September 2017, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised Fonseca’s Shakhtar following a 2-0 win over the Ukrainian side in the Champions League.

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Tonight, we beat an amazing team,” he told the City website. “It was an extraordinary performance.

“We could not allow them to dictate because Fred and Stepanenko were amazing.

“They have fantastic players, are well organised and defended really well.

“A lot of credit to my players because we had to work hard to beat them. It was big result for us and they deserved our respect.”

And in December 2017, Shakhtar won the return fixture 2-1 in Kharkiv, handing City their first defeat in 227 days.

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